Pakistani news anchors have been generally much more civilized in their discourse than their Indian counterparts but they can sure be extra AF.
The role of media in the situation of escalating tensions between India and Pakistan has become the center of attention
While it is mostly the Indian media’s pathetic reportage that’s being criticized, People in Pakistan are also genuinely concerned about the techniques and methodology being used by the news anchors.
Most of the people rightly charted out the responsible role of a news organization by stating that it’s supposed to highlight the bare facts and should allow the audience to formulate its own perspectives instead of amalgamating the facts with opinions.
Is media supposed to communicate facts and let the audience formulate perspectives or is it supposed to propagate agendas and leave the fact finding to public. #IndiaPakistan situation needs to be reported carefully and not aggressively. Hope the media assumes a responsible role.
— Vai (@Vforvhattheheck) February 27, 2019
So, basically, a Pakistani news channel featured the newscasters wearing military uniforms to report about the recent military activities between India and Pakistan
Here’s an image of them:
Morning show hosts on a Pakistani news channel 🥴🥴 pic.twitter.com/2scQcVJ2bO
— Asif Farooqi (@Asif_Farooqi) February 28, 2019
People strongly disapproved the idea of news people trying to cash in on “entertaining” the audience and were disgusted by this entire thing
This 'trend' just needs to stop. News anchors have no business wearing military uniforms. https://t.co/u2UWDLC2R5
— Zarrar Khuhro (@ZarrarKhuhro) February 28, 2019
— Ghulam H.Mughal (@gmughal1) February 28, 2019
A few even pointed out that it was illegal and they can be charged with impersonation of military personnel
It's also against the law !!!!
— Azam Jamil (@AzamJamil53) February 28, 2019
In fact they can be arrested for impersonating. They should be
— Khalid Munir (@Khalid_Munir) February 28, 2019
They even said that news should not be diluted with entertainment
It’s ridiculous – news isn’t meant to be a theatre!
— Nosheen Abbas (@Goshno) February 28, 2019
A few even joked that these anchors should be sent to the borders if they’re so eager to act like military personnel
Should be asked to go to the border and face the enemy … uniform pehanay ka sara shouq utar jaye ga
— Omar Shahid (@omarshahid_) February 28, 2019
People highlighted that this was a clear mockery of the uniform
The act seriously offends the soldier who ‘earns’ it and it also undermines the pride and respect associated with the uniform.
🤦🏻♀️🤦🏻♀️🤦🏻♀️ wth – this stupidity diminishes the respect, courage, bravery and pride with which this uniform is worn with by our armed forces. The producer and editor should be questioned! @Schezreh211
— Anam Toseef (@anamtoseefkhan) February 28, 2019
We earn this uniform through hard trainings so someone should not made it so easy to wear. It’s a sacred piece of attire for us
— Azhar (@auiqbal) February 28, 2019
These theatrics are not limited to Pakistani anchors alone, it done by a news anchor in India, who wore the military uniform and flaunted a toy gun while reporting
— scroll.in (@scroll_in) February 27, 2019
Unfortunately wearing a military uniform while reporting the incidents related to the army has become quite a norm. This act needs to be discouraged and people should actually learn to value the sentiments associated with the military uniform.
And Pakistani news anchors have done this while reporting about other events in the past
Like these anchors who wore the Army Public School uniform while reporting at the anniversary of the APS attack in Peshawar that had killed 149 people, including 132 school students.
😅😳🙃Seriously can't believe! I thought Geo account got hacked once again… But this is completely inappropriate. pic.twitter.com/asjHpllCJx
— Syeda Bushra Aamir بشریٰ (@BushraAamir) December 15, 2015
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