Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) decided to take strict and decisive actions against media outlets for maligning and defaming the party. In a press conference, PPP leader Jahangir Badar announced the boycott against both Geo and Jang, providing complete details and statistics for the biased propaganda against PPP.
Jahangir Badar stated that GEO had become biased against PPP over the last 2-3 years and had taken a number of actions to ensure that the party was misrepresented and misreported about. He added that the media outlets had violated all ethics, rules, and protocols of reporting and journalism. PPP Secretary General Jahangir Badar expressed his frustration at numerous attempts to target PPP leadership through “tongue and pen”.
Jahangir Badar clarified that PPP, as a political organization, firmly believed in freedom of speech and expression, including full freedom of the press. He produced complete facts and figures to support his statements about anti-PPP propaganda. According to the senior politician, 605 put of 676 shows aired by GEO during this period directly targeted PPP co-chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. In terms of percentages, the Geo network had generated criticism against PPP on 97 percent of these shows, with only 3 percent for other political parties of the country.
Even though press freedom remains a constant struggle, members of the media and broadcasting sector must evaluate the line drawn between criticism and propaganda. All opinions and narratives to be aired must be free of any content possibly maligning or defaming a particular political party or organization