In The Name of ALLAH The Almighty
What is a difference between TV anchor, Journalist and Bloggers?
By: Luke Rehmat
Few days ago I had a chance to read a prominent journalist’s view
about bloggers he says ‘’no responsibility and no accountability so
bloggers are not journalist’’ do you think journalist are
responsible and accountable in Pakistan? Yes very responsible in
presence of people like Malik Riaz and very accountable for getting
I do not go for depth discussion but I would like to highlight few
cases here. Number one during fire erupted in Kalash valley forest
Acuagha, Dawn reports available on blogger.
Number two Dawn reported on Kalasha tradition about keeping
environment protected. Report says Kalasha do not keep chickens at
home the reasons given was wrong. Although there is a historical
background about this situation why Kalasha people weren’t keeping
chickens? Dihar (Messenger) predicated in ancient time that there
will be a bird with a sign on head come and then Kalasha culture
will be affected it would be sign for Kalasha culture disappearance
and consider it impure. The peoples of the time were informed that
they shouldn’t eat and keep this bird called ‘’Kankawac’’
Therefore Kalasha peoples were not eating eggs and chicken in past.
Now majority of the people eat chicken and some families keep
chickens as well.
Last month I got an opportunity to watch IDRAAK on ARY news about
Kalasha community (Episodes 0ne, two, three). The contents were not
only fabricated but also insulted Kalasha culture, religion and
traditions. Many other TV reports in Pakistan are not good only
focused on love marriages saying …oh! Kalasha people marry anyone
one the wish during spring festival Zhoshi one can go and take a
hand of a girl who he like and take her to his house and term the
festival a place for love marriages. What you think is it possible?
Reality about this story is that in past arranged marriage was
common among Kalasha community. But the passages of time love
marriage replaced arrange marriages, but in rear cases arrange
marriage exist even now. Yes if a girl and boy have understanding
almost for 1 to 5 years or more then they can marry during the
festival or any time they want. It is not necessary for one to
marry during the festivities only.
I had a chance to interview on Geo News during Zhoshi 2012. The
reporter teach me few lines such as ‘’please repeat the sentence I
had teach you’’ what he was teach me is ‘’I am going to have love
marriage during this festival and I am happy’’ should the
responsible journalist fabricate everything according to their
needs or they should present the facts?
On 9th may 2012 I had got an opportunity to read out daily ‘’ ’’
Urdu news paper where wrong information was printed regarding
Kalasha community and its rituals unfortunately I had lost the
piece of paper. What I had analyzed after reading and watching such
reports and articles, is that our media people are matured yet?
Most of the journalist, authors and anchors used to quote when the
write something on Kalash, from Robert Son a British man who
published a book called ‘’Kafirs of Hindukush’’ in 18 century (He
was living with royal family in Chitral, and how one expect that he
has collected and researched well, 2nd big reason is that Kalasha
were not educated in past and interpreter were mostly outsiders,
what I think is due to communication gap people had published many
wrong things about Kalasha peoples and festivities) the journalist
him/her self not able to make factual reports and depending on old
books…do you think the sources mentioned on the previous books are
reliable? Why? Because the authors who had published their books
and done research living with non-Kalasha people, and few people
had a chance to remain with Kalasha families and they had written
Most of the authors come in the valleys for few days or a month and
started writing fictions stories about Kalasha peoples.
The main theme of the long article was that does our media is
playing negative or positive role to promote good image of
Pakistan? Few months ago a news published on many national and
international online and printed version the report was ‘’telephone
is not only an instrument in Kalash valleys’’ which was got huge
coverage. Was this title really fabulous? Why media seems to
supporting propagandas then facts?
I don’t want to argue about this topic further as I think
journalist or blogger both sought to be responsible whatever they
are presenting to the public that is all.