Journalism in Pakistan has always been a difficult topic to address. Despite the outstanding work done by many in this department, the heavy censure and risky nature of the profession makes success and personal pride an elusive target at best.
As Abid Ullah Jan wrote in his article of the same name, “Imagine being expected by the government to paint a colorful rainbow of its ‘democratic progress’ when you have no brushes and only two pots of paint. Welcome to journalist’s world in Pakistan.”
In a field which until some years ago paid barely a pittance, it is increasingly hard to make progress. In the first decade of 2000, the media industry of Pakistan went through a significant boom. Radio stations and TV channels begin to emerge, talk shows with relevant themes and bold discussions surfaced and the media industry collectively patted itself on the back for a job well done. Journalism was, of course, a part of this industry as the champion of freedom of speech and the defender of people’s rights.
However, we must ask ourselves; is this tradition still being upheld? It is crucial to remember that such goals need to be renewed and worked towards over and over again, in order to achieve them and to keep the target in mind.
This is one of the cornerstones for the Agahi Awards; promoting fairness, justice and equality through Pakistan’s first ever journalism awards. Send us your contributions before 5th March, 2012!