Geo TV’s Shameful Silence on the Hunger Strike

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!

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By M R

Originally from Pakistan, Dr. Masood Ashraf Raja is an Associate Professor of Postcolonial Literature and Theory and the editor of Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan Studies.
Raja tweets @masoodraja

8 replies on “Geo TV’s Shameful Silence on the Hunger Strike”

Your blog shall create more awareness than of Media…inshallah..its bloggers who are creating change all around the world…I admire your effort of making me aware of this hunger strike. will forward it.

i just want to ask one simple question. what is he gaining by striking from food? i think we are in stage that is much beyond such strike. ppl are being slaughtered in wazirstan and many being flooded in sindh. don’t u think such an act is not gona grab any attention. another few days n ppl will forget him. do something big, massive and remarkable if you want to get attention and change something. hope you take my comment in a positive and constructive way.
jazak Allah

What can be more grand than to symbolically force your government to reform itself? A symbolic act like this presupposes that it will generate public solidarity. If the goverment is less corrupt and more responsive to the people, then the problems you mentioned would be moot.
Anyway, I am grateful that you have taken the time to respond to our attempt. We would love to cover any grand alternatives that you and your freinds come up with in the future.

In solidarity,
Masood Raja

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