Fake Journalists And Journalism Culture Rising In Pakistan
Media being the fourth pillar of the state along with the judiciary, military and parliament in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, it plays a vital role in educating, providing information and awareness to society since the birth of Pakistan. From the traditional to new media, it has been seen as a respectable profession in Pakistan. After launching private television channels, Pakistan developed a vibrant and independent media. It has become a very big industry of print and electronic media and gained respect within the governmental institutions in Pakistan.But, now-a-days there are so many “so-called journalists” and media professionals claiming themselves as professionals. The entry of fake journalists could be shaming and humiliating the journalistic standards in this country to get press clubs memberships to enjoy certain considerations. Many of them are the part-time employees which might be involved in activities that journalists may not tolerate. These unprofessional journalists do have the right to practice with agencies and online news websites, but there are worst results in this unprofessional reporting facing the journalistic community now-a-days.
In Pakistan, media organizations do issue press and media membership and employee cards. But unfortunately, the cards are also being distributed to those who are uneducated in journalism and don’t have qualifications to practice as a professional journalist.
A few Pakistan television channels and newspapers hire the services of correspondents from small cities without paying any salary or they pay their reporters very small salaries. On the downside of these payments, their priority becomes the main incentive to produce content for the news rather than finding and reporting real, legitimately accurate and newsworthy stories.
Some of these fake journalists have tried to blackmailing businessmen, shopkeepers, bankers and others with false reporting. For example, a fake journalist might appear in a shop and will start making video clips without showing his identity card, and if it is presented, it might be fake. Threats from these fake journalists may include threatening to broadcast claiming adulteration or bad quality food items.
Fake press and media cards are also used to show various police check posts their credentials while traveling on highways. Many also use their fake passes to gain favor in dismissing traffic violations with wardens. Sometimes the fake journalists’ purpose is to just enter some specific area where only legitimate journalists are allowed.
Because of fakejournalism cultures, the media is losing its validity among its people. The genuine journalists are getting unpopular to society in light of the general population who are fake journalists. Another weakness is that numerous graduates of media studies have turned out to be jobless and disappointed in the profession. They keep on facing low salaries. Many have left to work in different fields. In the event that this fake journalists issue isn’t considered, there will be a genuine danger to the credibility and reputation of Pakistan news coverage and news industry.
Many organizations and associations of media professionals and journalists have to be conscious and aware of these issues. Government departments like Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) and All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) might have to take some strict steps and action against those who practice fake or deceptive journalism.