Adil Najam wrote for All Things Pakistan to criticize this news video (see here on YouTube) for not reporting facts about a nurses march. All Things Pakistan is a website to “indulge in a conversation with others — Pakistanis and non-Pakistanis — about Pakistan as a living, breathing, vibrant, vigorous, multi-dimensional, complex society.”
Najam is the founding editor of All Things Pakistan and a professor at Boston University. The news report shows a protest march, but according to Najam, the reporter doesn’t bother to explain why the nurses are protesting because it is more about ogling at women marching.
Najam asserts that the reporter — Shahid Hussain — and the TV station, Samaa TV “are ogling indecently, misrepresenting and demeaning young working women in Pakistan and possibly also lying in what is supposed to be a ‘news’ report.'”
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“I do not find this video funny. And I certainly do not see any journalistic value in it. In fact, I find it rather disturbing, sometimes disgusting, and entirely disgraceful.”
Najam wrote: “This is not a call for clampdown or censorship; this is just a call for basic decency and reasonable taste. This is about the media making bad choices. Really bad choices. And making them again and again. These are not just ‘mistakes’. These are willful and deliberate attempts to sensationalize, trivialize, sexualize and dehumanize important issues.”