Tribal criticize Pakistan Television (PTV) for biased reporting
JAMRUD- Abdul Wadood, Ameer of Jamat-i-Islami (JI), Khyber Agency, and Haji Shakirullah Khan Afridi, chief of Tehreek Azad Qabail and an eminent leader of JI, in a joint statement have said that like other parts of the country the people of tribal areas also keen to get themselves informed about the current situation of the crisis but deplored that PTV does not present the accurate new.
They further said that in this age of information PTV officials try to keep the country’s people into darkness by presenting the one side of the picture or that news which are in favor of the US or against Taliban.
The tribal leaders said that 96 percent people do not trust in PTV news but use foreign channels including British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Cable News Network (CNN), Voice of America (VOA) and VOG for getting first hand information about the burning issues like Afghanistan crisis.
Abdul Wadood and Shakir Afridi said that the PTV authorities try to please their masters by giving the one-sided news, comments and analysis and even cannot tolerate the anti-US or pro-Taliban news and pictures.
The JI leaders also said that in the 21st century the electronic media, especially the PTV is State-controlled and people could not trust in its news and comments.
The tribal leaders demanded of the present military government to ask the PTV officials to present both sides of the picture so that people prefer to PTV news instead of foreign media.
They hoped that government would consider their demand sympathetically and would ask the television authorities to present news irrespective of any discrimination.
Source: The Nation