GEO NEWS Selling Airtime to U.S Government – A Question on Sanctity of Pakistani Media

Geo Network does not seem to be catching a break these days. Already caught amidst the whirlwind of Media commission Report and PEMRA’s allegations, the leak of document from MKR foundation begging their foreign lords for funds might serve as the final nail in the coffin for GEO Network. With its primetime programming and anchorpersons open for sale to foreign Lords for the price of more than million pounds, Geo Network is planning to make the most out of the cash cow status of its influence in Pakistani media scene with total disregard to sanctity of journalistic professionalism and nationalism.

The leaked Document is from Mir Khalil ur Rahman Foundation (the governing NGO of Jang / Geo Group). This document was submitted to the Bureau 0f Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL), United States Department of State on 30th June 2013, asking for a “grant” for their upcoming campaign “Access to Justice: Media Campaign “.

In the leaked document, MKRF foundation claims about running different campaigns in Pakistan. Ironically, campaign against Islamic laws (Hudood ordinance) and foreign funded Aman Ki Asha are the most proudly owned and presented in this document. The reality of Aman Ki Asha was also revealed through media commission report two weeks before that how the Norwegian NGO funding Aman Ki Asha is connected to Indian sponsors including the Indian state television, the Doordarshan.

Such controversies are nothing new for Geo Network. Geo News and its anchors are known for their anti-ISI and anti-Armed forces inclination dejecting the security apparatus when the armed forces are busy fighting India-funded insurgency in Baluchistan, FATA, and Karachi.

The question arises in one’s mind that how low can a Pakistani Channel stoop by campaigning against Islamic Laws and Two Nation Theory – the theory giving birth to the very existence of Pakistan. Would greed and gluttony make them so desperate to sell their nationalism to their foreign lords? Will there be any end to the hypocrisy of the black sheep of Pakistani Media, Geo Network?