Habib R. Sulemani's case is a classic example of the current 'criminal' culture in our media houses, where secret agencies and their agents call the shot. Honest professional journalists are now a rare breed in our country.
Some media organizations have not paid the salaies of their employees for several months. One cameraman of a TV channel had committed suicide after not getting salalry for several months. He was the only source of income in his family. This is intellectual terrorism indeed. Sulemani has written correctly to global leaders, human rights, journalistic and literary organizations:
“Freedom of thought and expression is still a slogan in our part of the world. If the Pakistani, American, British and allied governments, partners in fighting global terrorism, want to win the war, then they must address intellectual terrorism first.”
This scribe talked to some journalists but everyone was reluctant to say anything on record. However, a few said many things. "Our journalists bodies have become sub-organizations of the ISI, ISPR and their political wings," said a reporter and winked at a friend. "The PFUJ election this time has totally exposed the black sheep amongst us."
"Working journalists are suffering in almost all mainstream media groups," said a young journalist. "The case of Wage Board Award shows that there is no law for the powerful in Pakistan. And anyone, who is powerful, especially generals and media tycoons, they can violate even the Constitution... and still can be painted as the most respected people in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan."
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