The Sahiwal incident has left our country in shambles.
The lives of 4 innocent individuals were ended by the Sahiwal Police last week in an alleged Police encounter.
— ARY News (@ARYNEWSOFFICIAL) January 19, 2019
The Police believed the four individuals to be terrorists part of the group involved in the kidnapping of Yousuf Raza Gilani’s son. Later, it was revealed that this was not the case and instead, four people, including two women, were killed by the Sahiwal police. And though explanations were made, again and again, the whole situation was one of the most horrific displays of violence our country could have brought into a so-called, ‘Naya Pakistan.’
And what’s worse? Our media.
This Pakistani news anchor asked the daughter of one of the victims about her dead father on live TV.
— Abdullah Sulehri (@abdullahsulehri) January 23, 2019
And it was absolutely disgusting.
ARY News anchor, Arif Hameed asked her details about the last time she met her father, he even had the audacity and lack of common decency to further prod her on in hopes of finding an emotional reaction or by the looks of it, tears. This kind of behaviour is unwarranted, unnecessary and absolutely disgusting.
People have had plenty to say on the subject especially in regards to PEMRA, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority.
As well as calling them out for their priorities.
Pl someone preach common sense that minors are kept away from probes,cameras🎥,interviews as they must be going through hell of a lot coping with the tragedy in their lives.Child protection Bureau with PEMRA must ensure some actions with guidelines & Drs must be on job re PTSD pl https://t.co/u8So4K1D6Y
— Amjad Malik (@AmjadMalik786) January 23, 2019
pemra won't stop channels from using orphaned kids for rating whoring but will issue warnings to not show whatever the fuck indecent clothing is 👏🏻 👏🏻 👏🏻 👏🏻 👏🏻 👏🏻
— Faizan. (@merabichrayaar) January 22, 2019
PEMRA needs to send a notice to ARY & Arif Bhatti for the horrible show in which Bhatti tried to exploit the tragedy experienced by the children who lost their parents as a consequence of state-sponsored terrorism in Sahiwal.@arifhameed15 I have to ask: what is wrong with you?
— ایمان زینب (@ImaanZHazir) January 24, 2019
— Wasim Jamali (@wasimjamali5) January 23, 2019
— Tariq Rizwan (@TariqRizPak) January 24, 2019
How is it that PEMRA finds the time to ensure the banning of shows to the extent that they rally against shows for their ‘feminist,’ content but not content that is actually problematic?
پیمرا کا تمام ٹی وی چینلز کو متنازعہ اور غیر اخلاقی موضوعات پر مبنی ڈراموں کی نشریات کو فوری روکنے کی ہدایت pic.twitter.com/J6QyzvKROq
— Report PEMRA (@reportpemra) January 8, 2019
As well as constant efforts to end all Aamir Liaquat shows because of unethical means to gain high TV ratings.
Though Aamir’s case was a good example of regulation, why is it that a case involving a minor is not being picked up as yet? It is not given the priority it needs.
Not only was this news anchor crossing lines in regards to proper interviewing methods, most of all – he was interviewing a minor and taking advantage of his emotional state. Clearly, the girl was shy, upset and in complete disbelief. There was no way a child that young could be prepared for anything as heavy as an interview right after losing his father in an extremely horrific manner.
There is no other word to describe this kind of journalism other than as absolutely disgusting and something must be done as soon as possible to bring peace to the families of the deceased.
Have you seen the interview? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
Cover photo source: ARY News