On September 09, 2011, MQM chief Altaf Hussain addressed a press conference direct from London which was live telecast by seven private TV channels for more than four and half hours so much so news bulletins and commercials on the channels were not telecast during the period that was set back to news viewers on one hand and big financial loss to the channel owners on the other may be in millions.
Immediately after the press conference, a discussion programme was going on of Hamid Mir on GEO TV but another anchor Kamran Khan immediately intervened and he gave a detailed and controversial interview of ex-city Mayor, CDGK Syed Mustafa Kamal taking too much time despite Altaf had already addressed four and half hours. It was clear that Kamran Khan was openly supporting the said ethnic group out of the way.
When Mustafa Kamal abused repeatedly Zulfikar Mirza by claiming that he was running “Blue Film Shop” in Hyderabad, Kamran Khan strangely did not object or intervene but when Masood Sharif – a guest talked about the operation against MQM in the past, Kamran Khan lost his temper and asked at least twice Masood Sharif to mind his language despite he (Sharif) did not pass any objectionable remarks against any one. It was the darkest aspect of journalism.
It was quite clear the anchor was grossly misusing freedom of expression as his channel has some grievance with the government. Is this type of journalism going to take us anywhere?
MOHAMMAD KHAN SIAL