BBC recently published a report on secret human rights abuses in Pakistan over which the government and the state institutions were incensed. Their supporters were angry over the report as they accused the British Broadcasting Corporation of conspiring against Pakistan. Some media persons were also seen fuming against the British network for ‘tarnishing Pakistan’s image’ and maligning its state institutions. Certain media anchors did programmes against BBC’s ‘biased’ reporting and others conducted talk shows with no BBC representatives on the panel to defend them. Almost entire Pakistani media has embraced self-censorship like a norm. Foreign media, however, still operates with a certain level of freedom in the country. The idea is to discredit the foreign media in the eyes of the general public.
Public Broadcasting Network (PBN) is a non-profit entity managed by a group of progressive Pakistanis who believe in the power of independent journalism and public education at a time when the news cycle reflects corporate and other powerful interests across the globe. For this purpose they are supporting Nayadaur Media, a digital start up based in Pakistan.