Those of you who come to our blog often must be aware that for the past few days we have constantly been covering the anti-corruption hunger strike by Raja Jahangir Akhtar. An Islamabad based businessman and lifetime activist, Raja is on the fifth day of his hunger strike, a fact hard to miss around Islamabad. While the strike is now being covered by bloggers, national and international newspapers, the major Pakistani news channel, Geo TV, has been stramgely silent about the strike.
I just checked their website, and while they are covering what Indian Film actors are up to and even the news about a british farmer who has, it is being reported, “grown the largest onion” (I am not making this up; please check the screen shot), there is no mention of RJA’s strike for Pakistan.
As a scholar and editor and a Pakistani citizen I find this silence by Geo TV not only troubling but also deeply shameful. Obviously, since it is impossible to miss the strike, Geo TV has made a decision not to cover it and the reasons must be political.
I take this opportunity to request those who run this TV network to live up to their responsibility of informing Pakistani people about things that are important, especially if someone is putting his life on the line for the cause of Pakistan.
If they remain silent about it, then their’s would be a legacy of shame!
- Raja Jahangir Akhtar: Hunger Strike Begins on 9/12 (thepakistanforum.net)
- Raja Jahangir Akhtar Hunger Strike (thepakistanforum.net)
- Raja Jahangir Akhtar: A Hunger Strike Till “Death” (thepakistanforum.net)
- Raja Jahangir Akhtar: Hunger Strike, Part 2 (thepakistanforum.net)