Peshawar, Journalists becomes the top priority of the INGOs; they give training to the journalist community all over in Pakistan in different sector. Journalist community now target of the INGOs, they make a survey, drafting a proposal and get money in the name of journalists especially the tribal journalists from the donor agencies..
9/11 incident not only change the scenario of the South East Asia especially the Pakistan, also its open new way for the Journalist community. The journalist’s community becomes a target in the war of terror.
Militants’ starts targeting the journalist, same situation from the security forces, who want to control the community and now the Non governmental organization gives priority to journalists, because it’s the community in which they get money from donor agencies.
Since 2001 till 2011 more than 23 journalists killed in Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa and FATA province. Most of the journalist killed in blast, suicide attacks and some journalist gunned down and Taliban took responsibility for the killing of the journalist.
Since 2008 more than 18 journalists of tribal areas were kidnapped by unknown people, because of their reporting. Torture to journalists community rise not only in Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa but also in provincial capital Peshawar. Threatening to journalist’s community during duty is rising, mostly security forces threatening the journalists.
That’s makes a turn for the journalist community and INGOs thought about the safety of journalists, independent writing, and investigative reporting. So they arrange different training to journalist all over in Pakistan.
INGOs from Denmark, USA especially arrange wide range of training in Pakistani journalist community. Business to train the journalists is rising and local NGOs are also now making survey on different issues, that before hide from everyone.
I remember the statements of the different political leaders, when I was attached in the local newspaper in 1998, political leaders made statements in favor of the media but they never said that Media is fourth filler of the state. But now the slogan everyone said that the media have rights and its fourth filler, although it’s an only a statement, no one took it’s serious.
The INGOs arrange wide range of training to the journalist community in a different sector, local NGOs also doing the same practice. Especially the tribal journalist
The current situation makes the new business to NGOs , INGOs owner , these people making survey on journalist community issues and contribute their work , but the situation is getting different when every NGOs whose have no information about a journalist or their problem making dialogue / seminar / workshops. There is no category, so everyone now arranging dialogue, seminar, workshop for journalists.
Last night I received a call from Islamabad based NGOs, the owner of the NGOs has political links so the NGOs receiving funds for Journalist community.
The person called me asking the question and more than one hour he asked me different questions about journalist problem and other related issues. After one hour questionnaire I asked him why you ask him a question. The employ of the NGOs said “sir, we are making a survey on journalist issue and will draft a proposal to donor for the funding.
I asked him how many journalists gives you information and what is your target, he replied I received 9 replies from different journalist and remains 11 other journalists, I will complete to the journalists from all over the Pakistan.
My next question , it’s the Right way of a survey , the person whose asking the question gets silent and later on said” well , what should I do, the owner of the NGOs ordered to me to interview the journalist through the phone and I have done my job , although it’s the not proper way of Survey, he admits.
It’s not the one case, same situation continues all over in Pakistan in the name to benefit of journalist community. I know the NGOs will get a fund from Donor agency.
Some NGOs, INGOs didn’t want to criticize them self, so they make a new way to hide their illegal issues. These people hire the local journalists to train their own colleague, although some senior journalist didn’t know how to deliver information to journalists. But they are getting money from NGOs and because of their relation to NGOs No one asked questions to NGOs what you people are doing for the journalist community and how much you get from donors in the name of journalists.
Some senior Journalists making wealth in the name of journalists they also give supporting their relative to get jobs/ Train on the name of Journalist community. No one asked “what are the criteria of hiring the people or training, only criteria to get trained. The people have political links and good Promoters of the NGOs. That’s makes tense he working journalist class.
I remember the last training which arranges a US based NGOs in the Computer related issues/ safety. When by chance I enter in training Hall I know the people who are in training. Most don’t know how to use a computer, but they are in training of computer security related training. I asked the criteria someone replied to me “all these people permitted by a senior journalist, that’s why they are in training.
know some senior journalists who are arranging the training with the help of NGOs/ INGOs and they get money from them , on the name of the arrangement / TA DA allowance and journalist community didn’t know, why & which rate their senior sales the journalist community.
The other and important things which I noted in different training that some people whose have linked with government permitted in journalist training. The provincial government of Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa supports their party workers and they adjust them in different departments. These people didn’t have any qualification but with the support of the provincial government these people become also journalists.