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Ray
06 May 06,, 16:45
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‘Media must find the contours of its existence in NWFP’


LAHORE: Commenting on the role of media in NWFP, Daily Times Editor Najam Sethi said that media would have to find the “contours of its existence” and open new avenues.

Speaking in Indus television’s programme ‘Media and Society’, Sethi said, “On the one hand media would have to put its fingers on the pulse of the public. And on the other hand it would have to show people what they didn’t want and what they never saw.” He said that the real issue for the media was whether it should promote a knowledge-based system of rationality, moderation, enlightenment, debate, discourse, discussion, interaction and inter-faith dialogue; or conservatism, anger, passion, rage and prejudice. “These are the real issues the media in NWFP will confront in the future,” Sethi said.

Commenting on social discrepancies in NWFP, Sethi said, “Look at the enormously conservative society and the cinema being produced in NWFP. One can say it is very vulgar and obscene, but the two are living side by side.”

Commenting on state’s interference in people’s private lives, HRCP Chairperson Asma Jehangir said there was absolutely no scope for any state to peep into people’s lives to see whether they were following the religion. “Whatever I do, right or wrong, it’s my own business and not the business of any self-styled maulvi,” she said.

Renowned journalist Rashid Rehman said there was no clergy in Islam, which he said, was clearly written in Holy Quran. “When there is no intermediary between man and Allah, how anyone can take on the right to tell me that this is right and that is wrong,” he asked? If people elect maulvis, it is their right as in any democracy, said Arif Nizami of the Nawa-e-Waqat Group of Newspapers. daily times monitor

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2006\05\06\story_6-5-2006_pg7_17



Neo stated that Daily Times is not a reliable paper.

However, I must state that Najam Sethi, the editor is a well known personality who is very independent.

Here is the biodata:

Najam Sethi is a well-known Pakistani journalist, editor, and newsmedia personality. He is the Editor-in-Chief of The Friday Times and The Daily Times.

An aggressively independent journalist, Mr Sethi and his publications are often in trouble with Pakistani governments. He was imprisoned allegedly under orders by then-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a case that evoked international outcry and eventually pressured Sharif's government to release him.

He is the editor-in-chief of The Friday Times, a Lahore based political weekly, as well as the Daily Times. Although he was initially supportive of General Musharraf due to their shared liberal views, this support has waned recently and many believe that Sethi now backs the People's Party. Whatever party he supports though, Sethi has been a tireless supporter of secularism and liberalism in Pakistan against the forces of autocracy and fundamentalism. His wife, Jugnu Moshin, edits the fashion monthly Good Times and campaigned for Sethi's release while he was in prison. Together, Najam and Jugnu have a son, Ali, currently a senior at Harvard University, and a daughter, Mira, who will be a freshman at Wellesley College later this year.

Najam Sethi was educated at [Clare College], Cambridge. He met his wife Jugnu Moshin at [Cambridge University] where she attended [New Hall], Cambridge.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Najam_Sethi

That said, there is no doubt that real issue for the media is to promote a knowledge-based system of rationality, moderation, enlightenment, debate, discourse, discussion, interaction and inter-faith dialogue beyond conservatism, anger, passion, rage and prejudice. And Sethi does not appear to be the deviate that I was led to understand.

Likewise, HRCP Chairperson Asma Jehangir ia totally on the ball that there was absolutely no scope for any state to peep into people’s lives to see whether they were following the religion.

And so was renowned journalist Rashid Rehman that there was no clergy in Islam,as has been clearly written in Quran. He is correct when he states: “When there is no intermediary between man and Allah, how anyone can take on the right to tell me that this is right and that is wrong?" In this when will the Moslems realise that the Mullah is redundant to the Islamic organisation?

Asim Aquil
06 May 06,, 18:07
I like daily times. One of its editors posted briefly on WAB too!! Quite unfortunate he didn't stay for long.

DT is pro-secularism and is wrongly considered anti-establishment. It's just very neutral and says things as they see it. Editorials can be a bit critical but self-criticism oft leads to self-improvement.

Although what they're talking about in that article is not about News media, its general overall media. The MMA makes it really hard for the depiction of women in the media. The Pathan culture is hardly ever seen on Pak media except when its produced by Lahore or Karachi.

Singers, good singers, like Rahim Shah who are immensely popular amongst Pathans hardly do any concerts in NWFP and more shows in Lahore and Karachi. Pashto movies are like downright poorly done porn. When women come on screen they are just shaking their ***** and butts.

Ray
07 May 06,, 02:45
A bit off topic, but I was seeing the TV and some Olympic stuff.

Fit for Olympic Gymnastic Gold!

One wonders who qualifies for all these back flip and artfully executed gymnastic in the next Olympics.

Ah, back from the musings and back to the topic.

Sethi is suposed to be a independent man!