In Pakistan I believe one of our biggest challenges is accountability and it seems we are in an endless search of solutions while creating further problems in the process. While I was studying journalism, I learnt that a journalist’s responsibility is to seek truth and made every attempt to highlight it in the bleakest hours of humanity. I also learnt that I had to look beyond the personal interests when it comes to truth. But I have always wondered if it is the same case with Geo tv or the larger Jang Group? Not once but many times in the recent past the group has chosen to stand by anything but truth. Leaving all the past dirt aside I would come to the point in the recent sequence of events that brought the news group head to head with the government’s media watchdog Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA).
This is not the first time that Jang Group is up in arms against a government for some dubious reasons. In the 90s Jang Group embroiled itself with then government of Mian Nawaz Shareef on some tax issues and Mian sahib’s accountability Tsar Saif Ur Rahman nearly brought the group down to its knees, but due to the very reasons that both of the parties had wrong reasons to accuse each other the matter was resolved behind closed doors. Thank God we didn’t have Geo in those days otherwise imagine the ordeal we must have been through.