State of Emergency in Pakistan

On November 3, 2007, a state of emergency was declared by the then Pakistani Military President Gen Pervez Musharraf, and the constitution of Pakistan was suspended. Gen Musharraf controversially held both positions of President and Chief of Army Staff. The Supreme Court of Pakistan headed by the Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry reacted promptly to the emergency declaration, convening a seven-member bench which issued an interim order against this action. Subsequently, armed personals of the Pakistan army entered the supreme court building and removed Chief Justice of Pakistan and several other judges from the supreme court and arrested them.

Ban Imposed on Media

With the imposition of emergency a media blackout followed and all major national news tv channels like Geo, ARY, AAJ and other channels were blocked.

 

Some anchors of current affair programs were barred from conducting their talk shows due to their criticism of the government’s policies. These anchors went in to the field and conducted their programs on the streets.

The Journalists community held protest demonstrations across the country against the curbs on media.

The tv reporters and video journalists were making their reports and conducting talk shows on the streets but their viewers couldn’t watch their work. That was the time when I realized the importance of Social Media and asked the relevant colleagues to work on this alternate aspect of the media.

Related links for more information

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pakistani_state_of_emergency,_2007

http://jang.com.pk/important_events/curbonmedia/index_more.htm

http://www.reuters.com/article/2007/11/03/us-pakistan-emergency-idUSCOL19928320071103

http://www.internews.org.pk/mediaresource/monitor161107.php

http://www.tvexplore.com/2011/02/reassessing-the-role-of-the-media-in-pakistan/

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