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The Malala moment: 6 Pakistani views on the girl shot by the Taliban

- Staff writer

4. Malala tragedy 'used to build cheap ... emotionality'

Criticisms of how Pakistan's elite media handled the Malala story were not limited to social media, however. The right-leaning Nation ran a column arguing that Imran Khan's earlier march against US drone strikes was downplayed by Pakistan's journalists, while Malala's story was being hyped.

The public response to the peace march and to the tragedy in Swat clearly spoke for the nation; it was a clear no to the terror of US drones as well as the militants. The question is: who are the celebrity media pundits speaking for? ...

Have you ever wondered why only computer-generated graphics are shown on TV channels every time a drone strikes? ... Why do we never find out more about the identities and lives of those killed, and those they leave behind? ... So why has it virtually brushed the mass murder of Pakistani citizens by CIA under the carpet? Why is the drone programme targeting our territory and killing our people treated as if it is happening in some Latin American country? More importantly, when a party does take a risk for what it believes in, and ventures into an area too dangerous for our media celebrities, why would they be upset? Is it because [Imran Khan's party] PTI reminded them of their professional responsibility? ...

...the Malala tragedy was cruelly used to build cheap film songs-filled emotionality around a nation’s genuine prayers for the injured schoolgirl, and to bring the debate around drones and the so-called war on terror back to a false power-driven framework that has no room for real people.

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