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Make Every Pakistani a Blogger

By Ghazala Khan • Nov 19th, 2009 • Category: Politics • 5 Comments

No journalist, T.V Channel, newspaper can cover the rural and remote areas of the Pakistan. Even if they can reach out there, they are restricted way too tightly to not to telecast or write about the cruelities of waderas, khans, sardars and jageerdars.

The mobile phone revolution has done wonders, but it’s potential should be utilized to give tongue to the voiceless Pakistanis in villages and the towns. They could instantly text out when some wadera kidnaps the girl of hari, or when anyone’s land got grabbed by some influential person. Even many people have cameras in their phone which they can use to send out pictures of high-handedness and atrocities. People can send out pictures of unfinished projects, hoarding, power theft, water and gas leakage, environment hostalities, corruption, and other crimes.

Here mobile phone companies, NGOs, and civil society should provide a platform to the locals to use texting and camera phone video to report from rural areas. They should send out the easy-to-remember web addresses, which could be accessible just by key-combination on the mobile phone. Citizen journalism is so easy to implement, and this would empower the people. The websites displaying the news coming from mobile phones should be managed by independent sources without any editing or deleting.

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  1. a very innovative concept Ms. Ghazala…i think TPS should include a section on its blog !

  2. Ghazala, that’s some idea. Why not implement it on TPS? I will talk to some people in the Telcos in Pakistan and will direct them to you.

  3. Hi Ghazala,
    In India most of the BIG news papers and TV channels now provide space for CITIZEN JOURNALISTS. It has got its drawbacks as some were found to use it for blackmail. But some of the initial tip off for stories are coming from these citizen journalists.See my blog on WAPR 2009.Anyone can use it and some DISABLED GROUPS especially Psycho social disability groups put it up.I also use some of my friends whose writeup i respect.

  4. Perhaps TPS should work on something related to this topic, as the commentators before me said. I remember on my recent trip to Pakistan and my village, many unfinished projects made my life living a hell. I was stuck in my village for three days, because it rained and the two ways out of my village had unfinished and unstable bridges. It took the contractors nearly three weeks to actually do the work of three hours, they actually started two weeks prior to the rainfall, and only worked on the task when locals got angry and took the report to the district-nazim a few times. I wish I would have took pictures of it then, but this idea will be great for empowering the people and to let the wadairas , elites and corporations know that we mean business.

  5. There is a need that centrally a forum is setup to receive and dispense with all the information received which will be mostly in text, images and video form.

    To an extent this is already been practiced as some of the TV channels they do request the peddlers in the area to text them the images etc when ever some major incident occurs.
    It is a great idea to create a great a central forum and a source; a way forward to eliminate and curb the —–sins and dins— crippling our society.

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