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Pakistani Channels Go Overboard With Crime Reporting and Here’s the Proof

Crime news reporting is a significant part of the digital media and news industry, especially in Pakistan. While reporting such grisly news is necessary to spread awareness about the negative aspects of our society, airing such content for longer periods of time unnecessarily is something which should be restricted.
The horrible Sahiwal incident dominated the reporting minutes recorded for news channels. The pattern of crime reporting is, more or less, same throughout the year with a massive focus on negative news.
Here is a breakdown of the crime reporting minutes from January 01 to January 22, 2019, shared by the Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Fawad Chaudhry.

جب آپ اتنا زیادہ وقت کرائم کی خبروں کو دیں گے تو اس سے معاشرےپر کیا اثرات آئیں گے؟ میری میڈیا سے اپیل ہے اس پالیسی پر نظرثانی کریں ، ہر خبر کا بریکنگ ہونا اہم نہیں ہوتا۔ pic.twitter.com/wVKi5BrW4Q
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) January 23, 2019

Note that the total number of minutes in the above-mentioned duration come out to be 31,680.
Channel
Crime Reporting Minutes
7 News
2024
Aaj News
1330
Abb Tak
1418
KTN
1210
24 News
1869
Dawn News
1286
Samaa TV
1352
Mehran TV
792
News One
704
Channel-5
1836
Rohi
1122
K21
1232
Neo News
1374
92 News
1308
Such News
1550
Dunya News
1396
Public TV
984
Metro One
1726
GNN
1462
Express TV
1418
Capital TV
1462
Din News
1034
Geo News
1264
Mashriq TV
1616
Bol News
1594
Hum News
806
ARY News
1330
Lahore News
2178
Roze News
1550
Out of all the news channels, Lahore News tops the charts for airing crime news with 2178 minutes whereas the lowest reporting time has been recorded for News One with 704 minutes.
The minister has urged the media houses to review their policy of airing crime news, saying that it is not important for every news to be aired as a breaking news. He further questions the impact on the society after airing such news for longer periods.
Chaudhry’s tweet on the microblogging platform has received a mixed response. Let’s have a look at how people have reacted to his suggestion of decreasing the airing minutes for negative news.
Some agree.

There must be a law restricting channels to report crimes under the defined per month limits. Also, it should be must to report positive image of Pakistan for a certain hours. @reportpemra
— Team Yasir Gillani (@TeamYasirGilani) January 23, 2019

یہ بات بلکل صحیح ھںے اس سے براٸی بڑتی ھںی اور جنم لیتی ہیں
— Zahy Khan (@ZKhan57306456) January 23, 2019

True.

پاکستانی میڈیا پاکستان اور قوم کے لیے کم اور بزنس اور ریٹنگ کے لیے زیادہ کام کرتا افسوس ناک سچ یہ کہ ساری دنیا کا میڈیا اپنی قوم کو ہیجانی کیفیت سے نکالنے کی کوشش کرتا اور ہمارا میڈیا سنسنی اور ہیجان پھیلانے کو کامیابی اس لیے جرائم کو غیر معمولی اہمیت دیتا میڈیا
— Ch zahid Hayat (@ZahidHa03794173) January 23, 2019

Some don’t like the suggestion.

یعنی ساہیوال سانحے کی جگہ ’مثبت خبریں‘ دکھانا تھیں؟ ٹِکرز تو دیکھے ہی جا رہے ہیں، آپ فوٹیج بھی خود بھجوا دیا کریں۔ وہی چلا دیں گے۔
— Atif Tauqeer (@atifthepoet) January 24, 2019

اچھا جی ..آپ کا مطلب ہے کہ بس مثبت خبریں چلایا کریں اور معاشرے میں جتنے ظلم وجبر زیادتیاں وغیرہ ہوتی رہے اس پر آنکھیں بند رکھے تاکہ عوام سمجھ سکے کہ سب کچھ اچھا ہو رہا
— Engr_saud 🇵🇰 (@Engr_saud325) January 23, 2019

کرائم بند نا کروائیں ۔۔۔ رپورٹنگ بند کروا دیں۔۔ شکل ٹھیک نا کرنا آئینہ توڑ دو۔۔۔ وزیر با تدبیر صاحب
— नदीम Nadeem ندیم (@clickonnadeem) January 24, 2019

So are they just supposed to turn a blind eye to what’s happening. It’s their job! Just like it’s yours to be a mouthpiece for the government, and which btw, you’re failing at miserably.
— Bilal Akbar (@akbarb480) January 23, 2019

Game of Thrones (read ratings).

Among top channels of Pakistan, GEO NEWS has th least time served in terms of broadcasting Crime Reporting.✌ Highlighting social issues is indeed a good move but majority of th channels tbh over-exaggerate th issue just for th sake of ratings.📺
— Arfa Feroz Zake (@ArfaSays_) January 23, 2019

A useful suggestion?

Make a rating system for TV channels (base upon their priorities + fake news)
— syed usama (@syedusama8) January 23, 2019

You are the Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, aren’t you?

میرا ویر تو اپیلاں ای کردا رئی خود کجھ وی نہ کری
— Adnan Arif (@sdhani07) January 23, 2019

اپیلیں کرنی چھوڑیں اب ، policy enforce karain
— Atif (@achieverrr) January 23, 2019

Do you think the airing time should be standardized? Let us know in the comments section.

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