Social media can be dangerous if not regulated, says expert
LARKANA: Social media can prove to be a dangerous phenomenon if it is not regulated with strong rules and regulations for the general good of society and people, according to a professor of mass communication.
Prof Qasim Haider of the mass communication and history department in the International Islamic University Islamabad said this while delivering a lecture on the ‘Modern Trends and Standard Values of Print, Electronic and Social Media’ organised by the Larkana Press Club on Friday. There was need to demarcate some boundaries for all types of media to work independently without overlapping one another, he added.
He said that in Pakistan, there was limited scope of urban journalism because newsmen of big cities had limited themselves only to the coverage of politics while in rural areas the scope was vast because there were unlimited issues and many fields of reporting ie social, cultural and problems of undeveloped areas.
Prof Haider, who was also a former director of the Institute of Educational Technology, Allama Iqbal Open University Islamabad, said: “Since there are no defined terms and conditions of employment and written agreement signed between owners of newspapers, TV channels, media houses and working journalists and other media workers, there is no implementation of media ethics, job security and development of media in Pakistan.”