Media fraternity protests against censorship after video of ‘controversial’ talk show taken down from YouTube
TV anchor fired after guest Imran Khan names alleged landgrabber as relative of a 'powerful personality'.
Pakistan’s media fraternity and journalist community have shown concern regarding censorship after a host was allegedly fired from a TV channel following a controversial show. Anchor Adnan Haider, who was working at Public TV, was allegedly forced to leave his job because of remarks made by guest journalist Imran Khan.
Guest Imran Khan described the alleged landgrabber as a relative of a ‘powerful personality’.
Following the episode, the video was taken down from the channel’s official YouTube account. The display of control and censorship despite on violation of journalistic standards has sparked a debate regarding the state of freedom of speech in Pakistan.
”Another TV anchor fired in Pakistan who says there is no censorship here?”, commented Hamid Mir.
Another TV anchor fired in Pakistan who says there is no censorship here?Public News talk show host @_AdnanHaider fired by his management due to some remarks made by another anchor @ImranRiazKhan in his show @HRCP87 @RSF_inter @CPJAsia @pressfreedompk @amnestysasia @pfujpakistan
— Hamid Mir (@HamidMirPAK) January 28, 2021
Anchor Adnan Haider himself tweeted that the reaction over the ‘reply’ shows how powerful the question was.
جواب بتاتا ہے سوال کا اثر کیا تھا
سوال پوچھنا حق نہیں فرض ہے مجھ پر
اپنا فرض نبھانے آ رہا ہوں آٹھ بجے صرف پبلک نیوز پر @HamidMirPAK @MunizaeJahangir @sheikhsafina @FarhatullahB @PublicNews_Com @RehamKhan1 @UmarCheema1 @SaleemKhanSafi @AbsarAlamHaider @murtazasolangi
— Adnan Haider (@_AdnanHaider) January 29, 2021
Other journalists and activists also raised their voice and expressed support for Haider.
— Raza Ahmad Rumi (@Razarumi) January 29, 2021
This is said to be the clip after which young journalist @_AdnanHaider lost his job allegedly. Honestly I don’t know who the character they are referring to is & despite so much self censor it was not acceptable. #FreePress is a fading dream in Pakistan https://t.co/mwGY78uux3 pic.twitter.com/FrCpNGDJIA
— Reham Khan (@RehamKhan1) January 28, 2021
اینکر عدنان حیدر کی برطرفی کی مذمت۔ برطرفی کی اصل وجہ کچھ اور ہے۔لگتا ہے پیمرا نے دباو کے تحت چینیل کے خلاف ایک بھونڈے الزام کے تحت کاروائی کی اور مالکان نے اینکر کو برطرف کرکے طاقتور کے غصے کو ٹھنڈا کرنے کی کوشش کی۔ پیمرا کے کرتا دھرتا بھی اپنی اس کسمپرسی پر نوحہ خواں ہونگے https://t.co/30AkMqiMvu
— Farhatullah Babar (@FarhatullahB) January 28, 2021
No journalistic norms were violated. But these serious allegations by this person confirm something is rotten in the state of Denmark. He can’t utter a single word without vetting by The Handlers. https://t.co/LdwNL31QD5
— Absar Alam (@AbsarAlamHaider) January 28, 2021
پبلک نیوز کے اینکر عدنان حیدر
کی ملازمت سے برطرفی انتہائی افسوسناک ہے اور اس سے زیادہ افسوسناک وہ وجوہات ہیں جو اس برطرفی کا سبب بنیں @_AdnanHaider
— Umar Cheema (@UmarCheema1) January 28, 2021
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