I’m a media man, shackle me please

Published: January 7, 2011

Religious activists cheer as they burn effigies of late Governor Salmaan Taseer. PHOTO: AFP

The time for change has come. Please just arrest me if necessary PPP, but do something! Make an example of someone, anyone! Show us that you stand by the values you preach and make the citizens of this country accountable for their actions.

If you do not have the guts to round up, arrest and make a public example of every one of those hooligans who danced on the streets, posing for photo-ops with burning effigies of late Governor Salmaan Taseer, then at least arrest me and my ilk; throw away the key if one of us so much as whispers the word wajibul qatl in a public sphere.

Fine my publisher for allowing such remarks to be passed. Register a case. Give PEMRA the opportunity to do its job and shut down the entire media organisation if necessary. Ban all religious debate in the media, be it positive or negative, for the sake of this country in crisis. Just do it. If not now, when another one of your remaining liberal, progressive voices has been gunned down, then when?

If you don’t have the clout or the support of our institutions to arrest members of the clergy or religio-political parties, surely you have enough power to be able to take out their rabid, support group spewing hate on prime time TV and in print, don’t you? Are you even aware of the laws, rules and regulations which the media must follow? Are you aware that being the government means you can actually ‘govern,’ which includes redressing or even establishing a brand new set of regulations regarding religious debate and/or incitement to violence via the print or electronic medium? Let the media call them ‘draconian, black laws’ and let ‘civil society’ howl about freedom of speech – how else does one deal with a pit full of blood sucking vampires?

I implore you, please take me and my fellow journalists and media personalities out and shoot us like dogs in the desert and leave our corpses to rot if need be. Be bold, be fascist, be militant, be brave – choose any path to ensuring a lock down on the madness that is ‘the media boom’ but stop side-stepping what needs to be done in this twisted field we have dubbed journalism. Tackle what you have the power to right now, and work your way up through every rotten institution in our country. I will support you in this endeavor, and you will have my vote in the future, but you must stop speaking and start acting.

Jahanzaib Haque

Jahanzaib Haque

News buff and Web Editor, The Express Tribune. Jahanzaib tweets @Jhaque_ twitter.com/jhaque_

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • http://grsalam.wordpress.com Ghausia

    Ssshh don’t encourage the fundies, they might take you seriously! Recommend

  • maheen usmani

    Thank you for articulating so well the rage, frustration, sadness and bitter disappointment which has been engulfing me ever since Salman Taseer’s brutal assassination. Recommend

  • http://blogs.tribune.com.pk/story/2534/whose-country-is-this-anyway-not-the-tax-payers/ Syed Nadir El-Edroos

    Hear! Hear!Recommend

  • faraz

    Just listen to this talk show hosted by Mehr Bukhari to understand the role of media in Governer Taseer’s murder.


  • http://www.LiaquatAli.com Liaquat Ali

    Since when did effigy burning become an Islamic act?Recommend

  • IZ

    You’ve expressed the frustration and anger so many of us are feeling right now at seeing our country sinking further and further into the abyss. One would hope that the government would take some kind of bold action, but instead all there is is the sound of them furiously backpedaling, thinking that it will save them when in the end we’re all still headed for that abyss…Recommend

  • shazia hasan

    hope the higher officals get to read this & might take some action!!!!Very nicely written & a bold article,i must sayRecommend

  • Mahvesh

    Wow… I kind of thought you were a typical media-maniac (‘We’re right! You can’t tell us to shut up! We own you, not the other way around!’) but after this and your recent twitter posts, I apologize for the judgmental attitude. Recommend

  • Tauseef Razi Mallick

    Nice shot.. Good to hear such thoughts from an ET guy..Recommend

  • http://blogs.tribune.com.pk/author/265/haris-masood-zubairi/ Haris Masood Zuberi

    Moving piece Jahanzaib, best.Recommend

  • Selina Rashid

    Jay – we are all with you. The time has come to act.Recommend

  • Talat Haque

    You are my voice ……… Recommend

  • Nida Haque

    You said it right brother!Recommend

  • http://deleted abdur rehman

    IT is pathetic to hear people calling the murderer “Ghazi”.

  • http://islamabad Maryam

    whr did my comment go?

    nt fair ET…Recommend

  • http://blogs.tribune.com.pk/story/3880/the-customer-is-always-right-but-is-he-happy/ Babar Khan Javed

    I’m with you Jay, but personally -call it cowardice- I would not like to risk the life of my family members and I prefer waging a civil war against our government by helping the poor and uneducated get on their feet. Fighting them head on won’t do anything and neither will my death.

    Pakistani’s are too selfish and self absorbed to care about the death of one man for long enough, heck we forgot our our 1m+ flood afflicted brothers & sisters in less than 6 months.

    no Jay. I will not die pointlessly, I will fight the system from within. I will continue empowering the weak.

    If God wants to take my life before i reach my goal, then we should expect it to be for the best.Recommend