Indo-Pak Peace process and journalistic challenges


By Farman Nawaz (Unpublished article)

As journalism is the spokesman of the intellectual forces of a society so it has a leading role in the formation of public opinion. In Pakistan because of martial laws, politics does never have strong footings. However, even though there are solo political attempts but these political personalities also could not be able to frame public opinion. Even their own parties are divided so media is the only source of intellectual development for public.

On the other side if we study the history of India and Pakistan, it is full of warring situations and lack of trust. And sorry to say that media has also contributed in this. But now the media has started a new history to disown all those previous negative, unconstructive and pessimistic roles of media. This development really deserves appreciation. But this holy task now puts some responsibilities on the media groups.

 

Though media has changed its course and is contributing in making the public opinion in favour of peace process but still the approach towards solution of the problems is not logical. The way media is discussing the issue is not appreciable. Most of the articles and discussions are oriented towards describing the weaknesses and attitudes of neighboring nation and praising the own efforts and sincerity towards peace. Often the other nation is presented as non-serious in peace process. Very seldom the policy of one’s own country is criticized in logical way. Always the concentration is on giving suggestions and advising the neighboring nation. Instead of adopting regional and Asiatic approach, the emphasis is on defending one’s own country policies and a confused scenario is presented to the public.

Opposing voices from local media can affect the policy of a country. Advices of media of neighboring country, are not fully understood and always doubted. I think our media must adopt such an approach that can pressurize its own civil and military bureaucracy. The change must come from within.

This research project must concentrate on the media approach towards peace process. It must bring to the surface the hidden truth and challenges faced by the journalists while writing in favor of Indo-Pak peace process. It must emphasis on the reasons that why we always look towards other for change.  This research project must give a complete picture of the weak areas of journalistic entrepreneurs and must try to change the mindset of journalist towards Pak-India peace process. It must try to explain the balance in national and regional interest and role of journalists in this age of globalization and regionalism. Unconsciously our journalist community sometimes supports such causes that facilitates western powers so this research must point out the areas where our journalist community must restrain from supporting western interests.

This research must explain extremist and moderate approaches in Indo-Pak media and their ultimate goals. Finally it must find out the root causes of unproductive journalism in respect of peace process and the criterion to modify journalistic attitudes to compel the Indo-Pak governments to settle the issues.

 

At the moment the media groups are changing their policies according to the ratings received from viewers and accordingly they prepare their programs. Due to this vague system of ratings, quality is often sacrificed and the same is happening with programs based on Pak-India relations. Mostly those guests and writers are given preference whose ideas are entertaining the general masses. This research project must surely raise such issues that will tend to change the preferences of the media groups. Moreover, it is hoped that certain segments of the media will certainly start thinking on new pattern.

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