A critical perspective on Geo News – by Usama Bhutto

Every one likes the concept of freedom of media. Yes media should be free but at the same time responsible. Jang group is one of the leading group of news papers in Pakistan. But some time they behave in a very strange way.

Geo repeatedly telecasted false news about the Pakistani economy, the political situation and hence the stock market crashed in Pakistan in a pre-orchestrated campaign.

Geo focuses on the negative news and instead of focusing on solutions it shows bodies of dead people in contradiction of PEMRA and all decency requirements.

Geo focuses on petrol prices but does not inform the viewers that most private cars in Pakistan now run on CNG (liqufied petroluem gas) which costs $5 for a tank full. Most people driving cars are not affected by the rise in petrol (gasoline) prices. In a planned manner Geo supresses and ignores good news like 5.1 billion dollar of oil refinery in Pakistan

Geo usually ignores good news like $28 Billion Emar international island development

Geo is averse to good news about Pakistan–there is no discussion of the Bullet Trains in Pakistan.

Geo does not focus foreign interference in Pakistani affairs.

Geo did not discuss the 89 separatist movements in India in 2007 from Seven Northeastern sister states, to the Naxalite insurrection, to Bihar to Kashmir, to Assam etc

Geo Dramas: 50 percent of the dramas are Indian dramas on Geo and 25 percent are with mix cast (Indian and Pakistani) and Indian film

Geo focuses on showing beheading of people and other depressing news.

Why did Geo not focus on showing 250 million people sleeping on sidewalks in India?

Geo did not cover for 36 hours the killing of 3000 Muslims in Gujrat?

Urdu is not used by many hosts. Morning host shows are in English and “Urdlish” ( a horrible combination). The Younger generation is being spoiled by using them as instruments of hedonism.

Geo plays into the hands of the opposition parties. It does not discuss opportunities for development.

When Mr. Shaharayar interviewed the President of Azad Kashmir he interrupted him and did not allow him to speak about the problems with the article of accession of Kashmir to India

Geo continues to use Indian jargon like “partition”. Partition signifies a temporary dissection of the whole. India was never whole. Even during British times there were more than 500 states in the Subcontinent. Some of them banded together to make Pakistan and others banded together to make India.

Discussion of Kashmir, Manvanagar, Junagarh are non-existent on Geo. Most Geo maps show Kashmir as part of Pakistan. Azad Kashmir is never shown. Some Geo maps sill show the Nothern Areas as part of India or partof Kashmir.

Kamran Khan was getting RS 25 lakh per month. Income vs. salary? Dr. Shahid Mahmud used to get Rs 22 laks per month. He was a member of NSF student Hamid Mir the Editor of “Ausaf” get Rs. 22 Lakh per month.

Not only this, but the Geo went as far as putting Pakistan’s Government in jeopardy last November when the Geo tean investigated about Ajmal Qasab and made details public even before the Pakistan Foreign Ministry issued it’s stance over the Mumbai episode. I reckon this comes uder the act of sabotage and article 6. Betrayal.

A Research done by Professor Abid Abbassi reflects the biasness and the ulterior motives of Geo

Out of 676 Geo talk shows in the past 12 months, 605 focused on Zardari’s wrongs, 4 on Nawaz’s.

300 discussed 12 year old Zardari’s cases, not a single his 12 years in jail

53 discussed Zardari’s support for Kerry-Lugar bill, not a single discussed COAS support for NATO against Afghans

113 discussed corruption/luxuries of parliamentarians, not a single discussed any corruption/luxeries of any serving general

97% politicians discussed were from PPP, 3% from all other parties. Never spoke of Cheif Justice oath after Musharaf first PCO in 1999.

In light of the above, Geo today stands as the most controversial Television Network struggling to destabilize democcracy and the system alike. It could well be a matter of time when the Pakistanis take to the roads and say “Geo wanted for treason”



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