The word going around about the Dubai/UAE government forcing the Geo Television Network (or parts thereof) off the air is "shocking"...
Miriam Webster defines "shocking" as " extremely startling, distressing, or offensive".
Offensive, yes. But startling? Unless you were--and most of us were--in denial, how is this startling? Distressing, well, if your world view was built on absolute monarchies doing the right thing more often than not, than yes, I can see how it would distress you to see them do othewise.
Startled I am not. My dear mother would have loved for me to live and work in the Gulf and I always said “Pinjra pinjra ho tha hai; chahay sonay ka ho.” [A cage is a cage, even if it is made of gold.] The places are absolute monarchies and they have always had very good relations with Pakistani governments, especially absolute Pakistani governments.
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I think this is not the issue what UAE goverment has done. The point we should be more concerned is how much uncertainity and turmoil GEO and ARY were creating. Is it good to close down such channels? That is the point we should discuss. See my post on the same subject at http://www.pakistanweblog.com
In the darker days of emergency, WWW has once again proved a beaconhouse for me. Not only can I remain uptodate with the news from disparate sites, but also can read articles and views on the blogs like this.
To contribute my little share to raise awareness, I would like to share a link, where if you want you could watch GEO New on web, even with an average bandwidth.
I really dont think its so easy to stop people from getting information.This isn't the 80's when the only source of information would be PTV.We have the internet,SMS and other technologies to spread news.
having scratched mushy's back, i only wonder what they'll want scratched in return.
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