The world is fighting corona virus. Pakistanis seem to fight the media. A number of anti-media trends were there for last few days. These trends were specifically against a few journalists. However, the latest trend has been against every journalist questioning Prime Minister Imran Khan. And even his closest people in media aren’t safe from it.
The latest trends include #میڈیائی_طوائفیں_اور_دلال and #ارشد_کتا_شریف. The top trends abuse journalists by calling out names.
The latest victim of this trend is Arshad Sharif, a prominent Pakistani journalist. He has been one of the staunch supporters of Prime Minister Imran Khan. He was awarded Pride of Performance award by PTI government. Yet, when he questioned the current government’s preparedness against corona virus. A specific abusive trend has been out on twitter. Over 40,000 tweets are there on it.
The entire media is called prostitutes and pimps in another trend.
It seems that these trends are to stop journalists from speaking against PTI, its leadership or any action of the current government.
Recently, the PTI government has placed 42 million rupees for its social media wing. Many analysts say that the same group of social media activists are using these abusive trends against independent journalists.
A number of senior journalists have become victim of these trends in recent days. These include Hamid Mir and Umer Cheema of Jang Group.