The Terrorland Report
However, earlier, some innocent employees had been victimized single-highhandedly at the deceptively deathtrap media outlet of Pakistan commonly known as Dawn.
In 2008 and 2009, two unfortunate employees had been assassinated at the Dawn Media Group in systematic ways by using the psychological warfare and direct attack methods. Shujauddin was a talented young sub-editor at Dawn newspaper's Karachi offices while Tariq Malik was an equally talented and curious reporter working for the Group's TV channel, Dawn News, in Lahore.
|CEO Dawn Media Group |
Hameed Haroon--rediff pic
According to sources in the organization, Dawn is a deathtrap for an independent mind and an individualist employee. They are harassed, humiliated and assassinated. "Many employees including interns have suffered in this deceptively gloriously den of sadist and criminal people."
"They mostly kill using the psychological warfare technique of their masters (the ISI) and then use the might of the media to hide the crime," a member of the Karachi Press Club told The Terrorland requesting not to be named. "We've not forgotten the gruesome murders of Shujauddin and of Tariq Malik. Unlike the brave Sulemani, they succumbed to the deathtrap."
He said that late Shujauddin's family has been silenced in the gang style! After his death, Dawn Karachi had published this ambiguous news item on June 6, 2008:
According to a former employee who spent a very torturous period at Dawn, stress, schizophrenia and lunatic are the favorite terms of the mafia at Dawn, and even those who have a little education, act as if they are psychologists. "The Dawn management and its puppets among your colleagues will make circumstance the worst for you... if you don't belong to the right racial and sectarian groups or want to remain neutral regarding the criminal editorial policies... In this way either you are forced to leave the organization or you really become schizophrenic and commit suicide..."
"Shujauddin allegedly committed suicide but Dawn's ambiguous report above didn't say anything about it," said a media-person. "But at the (Karachi) Press Club, the mafia members used their traditional PR-ship... saying that he (Shujauddin) was schizophrenic and committed suicide. It's not true. We know it very well. They actually killed him. When the right time comes, people will come out with evidence."
Anyway, Shujauddin's death was a huge embarrassment for the owners of Dawn Media Group. The journalist community had also raised eyebrows on the criminal act of the mafia-like group at the newspaper. Only on June 8, 2008, Dawn Karachi reported the condolence:
KARACHI, June 7: The Karachi Union of Journalists (Dawn Unit) held a meeting in the Newsroom of Dawn on Saturday to condole the death of Shujauddin, a journalist who had joined the organization recently and died on Thursday at the age of 30. Participants of the meeting expressed their heartfelt grief over his death and prayed to Almighty Allah to rest his soul in eternal peace.
A group of co-workers was feeling uncomfortable in the presence of late Shujauddin, who was an erudite and straightforward journalist. "They isolated him at office in their systemic way and started spreading rumors about his personal and family life. He ignored it at first as he was no more ready to go to any other newspaper... but as the intensity of attacks on him increased... it proved fatal," said a former colleague of the late journalist.
Some journalists say Shujauddin committed suicide due to the humiliation at the Dawn offices and Karachi Press Club. Others believe that he shot himself dead while a crime reporter says "the man had not touched a gun in his lifetime and someone else shot him dead... probably a hired target-killer of the MQM".
After the death of Shujauddin, people at the Dawn and Karachi Press Club were shocked and were blaming some of his colleagues for the tragic death. In such a situation, the traditional intellectual terrorism was the only weapon to shut up the mouths of critics of Dawn as the people there consider themselves backbone of a civilization in Pakistan.
|Editor Dawn Zaffar Abbas|
"On the advice of Zaffar, Dawn Sunday Magazine started a series of articles on suicide so that the murder of Shujauddin is technically justified and the suspicious journalist community is silenced," claims an insider.
So, former shift-in-charge of Dawn Karachi, Shaikh Aziz, wrote the first piece according to the plan, which appeared in Dawn Magazine on June 15, 2008. The article, Psychoanalysis: The real realm, was an effort on the part of the Dawn Editorial Management to shift the blame towards the dead-man instead of the deathtrap organization.
The writer, tried to interpret the death of scholarly Shujauddin with the suicide of a Sindhi intellectual, Allama I. I. Qazi. Mr. Aziz wrote: “It may have been an impulsive reaction from a man known for his wisdom and immense knowledge of Islamic tenets. He was a self-made person who had led a highly disciplined life. But is it all as simple as it seems? Perhaps not!”
This article was discussed at length with reference to late Shujauddin at the Karachi Press Club and offices of media outlets, and the issue was tactfully diluted by the puppets of the Dawn Gang, said a reporter.
On June 22, 2008, Sadia Mehreen wrote another article in the Dawn Magazine: Disorders: Down in the dumps. It was an effort to interpret Shujauddin’s death in a clinical way to further dilute the criticism of family members and journalistic community: “The second highest disabling disease or disorder in the West, after heart disease, is depression. Almost 17 million American adults and approximately 50 per cent of Pakistan’s population are suffering from depressive illnesses."
Self Harm: Sore losers. This was the topic of the next article in the series of justification of the murder of a staffer of Dawn without talking about the pathetic working environment at the media outlet. Dr. Sabeena Jalal and Dr. Muhammad Shahid were the authors. It was published in the Dawn Magazine on June 29, 2008. “In recent years suicide has become a major public health problem in Pakistan,” they wrote. “In Karachi, a seven-year review of autopsies gave an average of 199 suicides per year."
In the same edition of the newspaper, another article, Suicide facts, was published that said: "The majority of cases in Pakistan are of people under 30 years of age." Shujauddin fits in it technically!
|An ad of Dawn News in daily Dawn|
"This traditional tactic of intellectual terrorism worked for the time being but one day the fact will come in the open," said a former employee of Dawn Media Group currently working with another media group.
Like Shujauddin's death, the story of Dawn News reporter Tariq Malik is equally tragic. When he was killed, the Dawn newspaper reported on March 23, 2009 that unknown gunmen shot him dead in Lahore when he tried to resist an attempt to snatch his mobile phone. Dawn also wrote an editorial note, Tariq Malik: A brave struggle cut short, declaring the suspicious murder an incident of robbery.
However, on May 31, 2009, in a four-page Advertisement Supplement on Dawn News TV in the Dawn newspaper claimed something unexpected:
So, according to Dawn's claim, the Sharifs (PML-N chief and ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and current Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif) killed reporter Tariq Malik. In the in-house discussions at Dawn Group, the mafia members claimed that the Sharifs killed Mr. Malik as they had killed many labors and their leaders at their Foundries...
'Hypocrisy' of leading journalistic bodies especially the PFUJ and some senior journalists is a source of frustration for the new generation of media-persons in Pakistan. "When a journalist commits suicide at the Khabrain Media Group, it becomes a news item but when a similar incident happens at Dawn Media Group it is hushed up in the name of prestige and so-called civilization," commented a member of the Lahore Press Club, requesting not to be named. "This kind of hypocritical behavior among the journalists is criminal in itself."
"The Dawn management engineered Tariq Mailk's assassination as they had planned a plot to kill Habib Sulemani with his family," said a senior journalist, "I heard that the people at Dawn had prepared even an obituary for Mr. Sulemani."
This is our media culture in today's militarized and Talibanized Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Media outlets have become battlefields... instead of editors, serving generals are running newspapers, TV and radio channels, and even websites. Security of the country and its 180 million inhabitants has been handed over to the Taliban, al-Qaeda and other militant groups. Long live Mr. Jinnah's Dawn and Pakistan!!
(Two reporters contributed to this post from Karachi and Lahore.)
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