Geo News is Back On Air – Will it be business as usual??

  • How soon will Geo roll out its vendetta in motion against Army and ISI once again?

  • Who will be the next target of Geo’s media atrocity – PEMRA? Supreme Court? Government of Pakistan and PML(N)?

Pakistani Media Scenario is no less than a warzone since last few months, with Media mafias being exposed like Mir Shakil ur Rahman (Geo and Jang Group) with their underlying agendas against Pakistan Army and ISI under the cover of a media house uncovered. Geo Group further faced a major backlash regarding an alleged attempt of blasphemy on a morning show, which resulted in further backlash from public and PEMRA alike resulting in a 15 days nationwide ban on Geo News and severe hatred for the GEO and Jang group among the masses.

This provided competitors like Express News, ARY News and Dunya the golden opportunity to capture the market. But somehow,these channels failed to do so, mainly the reason being the lack of resources and quality programming that could not get the attention of the audience in that way to watch their channel.

All the media pundits who have observed Mir Shakil ur Rahman’s longstanding use of media as a mafia have predicted that he will not rest until he get his vendetta in motion against Army and ISI once again after Operation Zarb-e-Azb settles. Who knows what may be next in Geo agenda after Army and PTI – PEMRA? Supreme Court? Government of Pakistan and PML(N)?

The current situation in Pakistani media all the more calls for a player that can stand against Geo TV’s incessant revengenda against those who have ousted them for what they really are – blackmailers under the cover of media moguls! There is a gap to be filled by a voice that will not only supersede Geo in terms of financial muscle but also the quality of programming and neutrality of its agenda. None of the present players in the market has risen up to the occasion.Most of them falling short due to their comparatively limited resources and low professionalism. Geo still thrives on the prowess of its widespread reach.However, the newcomer Bol TV network, with its claim to be “Pakistan’s imminent Number 1 media enterprise” and the market abuzz with big names in Pakistani media making the move to Bol, seems to be someone who will take on Geo TV’s tyranny by coming with a plan, HR driven policies, robust systems, state of the art infrastructure and a claim to have an independent editorial board. BOL claims to bring a technological and professional revolution in Pakistani media, which is expected to throttle the reach on its launch beyond the level attained by Geo even after decades in business. With the launch of BOL it cannot be business as usual for GEO. One thing we can be sure of is that the upcoming few months will be the one to decide the fate of Pakistani media in coming years!

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Will Apple remove ‘Geo’,’ Jang’ and ‘The News International’ iOS apps from iTunes Store?

As per CNN iReport, Apple’s motion to dismiss the case rejected by U.S Federal Court.

Apple to either remove the trademark infringing apps by Independent Media Corporation from iTunes store or face the legal proceedings

Just when you think Geo Network would not dare to create another embarrassing scene on an international level for Pakistani Media after the infamous faux pas with their rendezvous with Hindustan Times back in 2013, Geo Network proves to top their earlier mistake off by again making Pakistan’s name hit the news for all the wrong reasons. International Technological circles are abuzz with the latest Trademark Infringement suit being faced by Apple Inc for offering Geo Network’s apps: “Geo News”, “Jang” and “The News International” on iTunes store.

As per the news report on CNN iReport, Apple Inc.  is facing a legal suit (No. 1:13-CV-13130-RWZ), filed by a person named Naeem Ahmed, who claims to own the copyright and trademark usage of the terms “JANG” “GEO” and “THE NEWS INTERNATIONAL”, which happen to be the names of the applications being offered by Independent Media Corporation (Pvt) Limited (Parent company of Geo Network and Daily Jang) through the Apple’s iTunes Store.

apple Geo News iphone app trademark

Previously, Facebook also restricted access to ‘Daily Jang’ and ‘The News International’ official facebook pages in USA, UK and Canada based on the trademark infringement. Google Play, the android app market, has already removed the trademark infringing android apps from being offered in the Play Store to android users based on the trademark infringement claim. Apple, however, opted to serve a ‘Motion to Dismiss’ the trademark infringement notice, in response to which District Justice, of United States Federal Court for District of Massachusetts, has denied Apple’s “Motion to Dismiss” the complaint.

Trademark Infringement seems to merely add a “feather in the cap” for Mir Shakeel ur Rahman, owner of Geo News and Daily Jang, who is no stranger to controversy and lawsuits. Be it tax evasions and financial misrepresentation amounting to millions of Rupees or using his media enterprise for blackmailing, manipulation and promoting paid foreign agendas, the grimy history of Mir Shakeel ur Rahman’s career offers a wide array of utter disregard to laws and ethical boundaries. Despite all the evidences available and even broadcasted on online media, talk shows as well as the “Khara Sach” book published by Mubasher Lucman, the legal and regulatory authority are continuing their act of obliviousness.

Whether Apple decides to fight the legal battle or look for an out-of-settlement after the backlash by removing the controversial infringing apps of Jang, Geo and The News International from its iTunes store, the damage done to Pakistani Media Industry’s reputation and its morality has been done irrevocably by this disregard to intellectual property practiced by Geo Network on an international scale. The Government of Pakistan as well as the concerned regulatory body, PEMRA, should also take notice of the disciplinary violence of international laws at the part of Jang and Geo Network.

Is “KHARA SACH” the Inevitable Truth Behind Pakistani Media?

  • Has Mubasher Lucman initiated the much needed media accountability through his latest publication?

We live in Pakistan, the land of the pure, or so it used to be before a mix of power-hungry politicians and the questionable ethics of the Pakistani media devoured it. From the role of simply reporting the news, the media has empowered itself to a self-proclaimed watchdog of all the controversial issues of Pakistan.

Some would say that this helps Pakistan in some ways, i.e. keeping people vigilant as well aware of the prevailing problems in the society. However, turning it into an obsession and over-doing this role can be problematic, and some would take this interference as irksome.

Among all this chaos, let’s shine a light on one voice of reason; Mubasher Lucman. With the advent of his program “Khara Sach”. He took a bold step to highlight the issues prevalent in his own ranks; the media industry of Pakistan. Mubasher Lucman has highlighted many key issues in Pakistan and he has sought to investigate the roots of these problems and how they could be rectified.

Similarly, the book which he has launched recently, entitled “Khara Sach (Baba Jee k naam)” identifies many of the same issues (and is an excellent read by the way). This book is a first of its kind being a media investigative report about the Pakistan media, including Geo Network and its owners, namely Mir Shakeel ur Rahman (the renowned Babajee) & Mir Ibrahim and their own book of dark deeds and under the table deals.

Khara Sach Babajee ke naam by Mubasher Lucman

There is a fine line between investigative journalism and making unfounded accusations for personal benefits. Mubasher Lucman’s actions would be classified as the former, as they have been backed by evidence. Whereas, some figures in the media industry fall regrettably, in the latter.

A media outfit should concentrate on reporting the news, highlight the wrong doings in the society but it should not forget to look on their own reflection while doing so. It is no doubt the responsibility of PEMRA (Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority) to regulate and control the actions of media channels. So far, it has shirked that responsibility. If the media industry of Pakistan is to operate successfully, PEMRA must assert the required authority and take action on the facts highlighted through proper unbiased investigation of these media pariahs.

#BolPakistan vs. #GeoIndia – Choice Is YOURS!

  • Geo Network working hand in hand with Indian Intelligence agency RAW to sabotage the reputation of upcoming BOL Network while putting sovereignty & reputation of Pakistan and its armed forces at stake!

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While the advent of BOL Network is said to bring the Media Revolution among Pakistani Media, the green-eyed monster stirred amongst other media corporations such as GEO TV Network, which felt extremely threatened by losing its employees as well as its monopoly in Pakistani media to the promising prospects in BOL Network. With rumors of its top-rated news anchors and media personnel jumping the ship and with its ex-Managing Director, GEO News, Azhar Abbas leaving only to join BOL Network a few days later as CEO,BOL NEWS – the top management of GEO seemingly feel lost and enraged at such turn of events.

After much propaganda creation against BOL Network among Pakistani media circles and local news, GEO received a severe backlash for spreading these baseless rumors including strong criticism from journalists, media personnel and public as well as litigation from aggrieved parties.

Although still vengeful, GEO has sought help from its old time Indian allies in Indian intelligence and RAW who pushed their hand puppet media group, Hindustan Times to publish same baseless propaganda regarding BOL Network from India – branding it to be a brainchild of ISI and an underworld don, Dawood Ibrahim. Interestingly the story published in Hindustan times is copy of the story published by GEO/ Jang group 3 months ago when BOL announced its launch.

If the reiteration of the similar rumors raised by Geo in Pakistani circles earlier was not enough to give away its involvement, the addition of few other alleged names such as Aqeel Karim Dhedhi (AKD), who have recently been involved in litigation against Geo and its related parties, gave the dirty game away and proved beyond doubt that the script was provided by GEO.

The media circles in Pakistan are appalled by the kind of connections GEO/ Jang group have with the Indian RAW and the Hindustan times. Publishing an already published story which is under litigation and criticism is not an easy task to manage. It must be a win-win situation for both, RAW and Geo as against this publication RAW must have asked Geo to perform acts detrimental to the sovereignty of Pakistan which would be visible in times to come.

GEO Network’s affinity to Indian intelligence has never been a hidden secret. Similar expressions of bonding were seen between Geo and Indian intelligence during the Mumbai Attacks, where Geo helped in promoting the point of view that Pakistani’s were involved in the attacks when it prepared a package and informed the world that Ajmal Kasab belonged to Pakistan– which proved to be a false claim later – yet provided fodder for Indian Media and Geo alike to build the tension between the two nuclear powers. GEO’s cultural invasion through its channel GEO kahani which is airing Indian and foreign content of 70% as against its allowed limit of 10% is no secret. Its massive  tax and loan defaults are also not a secret and are enough reasons to stop the channels from working as per PEMRA rules. Unfortunately PEMRA is afraid of taking action against this blatant violation due to the known blackmailing skills of GEO and its group.

Geo Network, known for giving a hard time to its employees due to non-payment of salaries as well as outstanding payables to its vendors, has every reason to be threatened by any competitor that will offer not only salary to its employee on time but a complete lifestyle with perks and facilities.

Geo is making alliances with Indian media and intelligence to harm the reputation of BOL Network as well as putting the sanctity of Pakistan’s armed forces on stake– what is your say?

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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?

GEO Network blatantly violates PEMRA’s policies yet PEMRA stays silent

Petition filed against GEO Network’s channel Geo Kahani for airing objectionable content and violating PEMRA’s policies.

* GEO Network violated the PEMRA policy for all its entertainment channels.
* GEO Kahani airing more than 40% – 70% foreign content against allowed limit of 6%.
* PEMRA’s failure to enforce its policy on GEO Network is discriminatory.
* Petition demands cancellation of GEO Kahani’s license.

Violating the PEMRA policies by airing more than 40% foreign content, Pakistan’s largest law firm has filed a petition on behalf of URDU1 against ‘GEO Kahani’ which comes under the banner of GEO/Jang Network.
GEO Network is on a foreign agenda; promoting foreign content consequently Pakistan being subjected to cultural invasion.

According to PEMRA’s policy, 10% of the entire broadcast content of any entertainment channel can be foreign. Out of this, 4% of foreign content should be English and the remaining 6% can be non-English i.e. dubbed in Urdu or India.
GEO Kahani, however is clearly violating PEMRA policy by broadcasting more than 40% – 70% of foreign content as of today, even after the petition.

Holding power in the industry doesn’t give anyone the right to break laws. PEMRA being the lawful authority is responsible for taking actions against all such illegitimate activities. While in GEO’s case, no such action has taken on this open violation.

It has always been the case that GEO Group influences power circles through its dominancy. Does this mean it also has an influence on PEMRA? Is PEMRA covering GEO or will they take the stand and cancel GEO Kahani’s license in the light of this evidence!

Here’s what the petition states:

  • Geo Network violated the PEMRA policy for all entertainment channels that states that only 10% of the entire broadcasting content can be foreign out of which 4% should be English content while rest of the 6% can include Non-English (Indian or other) content.
  • The Programming of Geo Kahani, a part of Geo Network consists of more than 40% of Foreign content which consist of Indian and other non-English foreign content dubbed in Urdu – which is in clear violation of PEMRA’s aforementioned policy.
  • PEMRA has not taken any action against this blatant violation of its policies by GEO Network on account of latter’s vast influence and power.
  • GEO Network is abusing its dominant position and political influence as Pakistan’s largest media group to oust competitors.
  • PEMRA’s failure to enforce its policy on Geo Network is discriminatory, unreasonable and arbitrary – which is in clear renunciation of PEMRA Ordinance.
  • It is statutory obligation of PEMRA to ensure licenses are treated equally and fairly and do not exceed their programming mix limits imposed in their licensing terms.
  • Such absence of action will have an adverse effect on diversity of electronic media in Pakistan and choice available to viewers.