Pakistan's electronic media regulatory body (PEMRA) on Sunday released a statement for the Pakistani media asking them to be "professional" and "responsible" when reporting on Lahore attacks.
It was a very standard press release except for this line which caught the eyeballs. "Pakistan needs to follow the example of professional handling of Brussels attacks by international media rather than following the footsteps of Indian media that is driven by crass commercialisation."
A suicide bomber who attacked the Gulshan-e-Iqbal park thronging with families celebrating Easter on Sunday killed at least 72 people, with several children among the dead. More than 200 people were injured when explosives packed with ball bearings ripped through the crowds near a children's play area in the park.
As news of the inhumane terror attack was being reported by Pakistani media, the PEMRA issued a strong advisory to all Pakistani media channels to “cover the events with utmost professional responsibility, keeping in mind that any irresponsible or hyper attitude at this stage could jeopardize the ongoing National Action Plan”.
It is, however, interesting that the international media (who the PEMRA hails in their statement) came under heavy criticism on social media for not giving enough coverage to Lahore attacks compared to their reportage and analysis of the Brussels attack.
- Not surprised
- Double standards
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