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Monday, November 05, 2007

reaction to emergency within and without

It is 55:43:46 (hrs: mins: secs) according to the Geo blip since the Emergency was imposed.

The bloggers are in full swing with their reactions and opinions. Most of them critical of President Musharraf.

The electronic media (a euphemism for local TV) has been robbed of two legs - restrictions imposed by PEMRA and its lifeline the viewers. To counter the local ban, the bloggers have been circulating links to some stations that are 'streamlined' on the net.

The Pakistani TV seen here showed that the lawyers and journalists have protested and have been tear gassed, baton-charged and arrested in Karachi, Lahore, Quetta, Islamabad and other cities. Over a thousand have been arrested or detained.

The anchor persons are saying that the people are angry (at the imposition of Emergency.) But from what we see here, across the channels, the media hosts appear angrier.

Surfing the channels, scanning the newspapers, blogs and websites I could not really find out how the daily life in Pakistan was affected and had to make calls to friends in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad to find out.

Offices and businesses are open, kids are going to schools, students to colleges.

In Bahadurabad and Tariq Road shops are open and traffic is chaotic as usual.

Are the bloggers and members of the media speculating and protesting too much from a pedestal? Can they collectively motivate the masses to take to the streets? Will this be come a crescendo? Will this peter out?


Blogger Zakintosh said...

people over years have been affected by apathy, fear, distrust and more.

yes, life does see to go on as usual since the alternative to life is ugly - but saying that shops are open is to paint half a picture. they are not doing the booming business they usually do as many postpone their 'wants',fearing a lng winter. 'needs' are a different matter...

the media is angrier as it should be - since it's been more directly hit, professionally and financially.

soon more people will get affected (lums students, for example, are now being targeted).

bloggers are doing what they set up blogs to do: express themselves. just as you have.

November 07, 2007 3:54 AM  

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