The Government of Balochistan in Exile

Friday, July 07, 2006

Pakistani media attacks Baloch freedom fighters

PRESS RELEASE:


KALAT, Balochistan – During the past few days, the Pakistani government has launched an aggressive media attack on the Baloch freedom fighters. When Mir Azaad Khan Baloch, general secretary of the newly formed Government of Balochistan (GOB) in Exile contacted Baloch leaders in Pakistan to verify the validity of the Pakistani state-sponsored propaganda, he was surprised to find out that the news of Pakistani forces killing 25 to 31 Baloch freedom fighters was false.

The following Letter of Protest was sent to the Associated Press by GOB (Exile):


The Editor
Associated Press Headquarters
450 W. 33rd St.,
New York, NY 10001, USA


SUBJECT: Associated Press writer, Naseer Kakar, is guilty of yellow journalism


Dear Madam/Sir:

Associated Press’ mission is to be the essential global news network, providing distinctive news services of the highest quality, reliability and objectivity with reports that are accurate, balanced and informed.

We, the Government of Balochistan (in Exile) regret to inform you that your reporter, Naseer Kakar, is guilty of yellow journalism. In recent days, he reported that 25 to 31 Baloch freedom fighters were killed by the Pakistani armed forces in occupied Balochistan.

Kakar based his entire report on hearsay. Pakistani government officials – who are known for spreading bogus propaganda – claimed that they had allegedly intercepted communications between Baloch resistance forces in which the Baloch freedom fighters admitted to the number of casualties.

But, when our government officials contacted our field operatives to confirm the story, we were surprised to find out that there were no casualties at all. It was simply a propaganda ploy instigated by the Pakistani authorities.

We believe that men and women of The Associated Press have had the privilege of bringing truth to the world. You have gone to great lengths, overcome great obstacles – and, too often, made great and horrific sacrifices – to ensure that the news was reported quickly, accurately and honestly. Your efforts have been rewarded with trust: More people in more places get their news from the Associated Press than from any other source.

But, why would you allow Kakar to publish news that is false and based on heresy from known liars (the Pakistani government officials)? How come none of your editorial staff verified the story prior to approving it?

For your information, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) News were honorable enough to retract the claim of the Pakistani government officials by publishing the following:

Baloch rebels reject army claims

Tribal rebels in Pakistan's Balochistan province have denied claims that Pakistani troops killed 31 of their fighters in attacks this week.

Some rebels had been injured in the clashes and security forces had now withdrawn from the Dera Bugti area, spokesmen for the tribesmen said.

They had no news of any deaths and said several helicopters had been damaged - claims the authorities have denied.

Tribesmen want greater control of the poor but gas-rich province.”


If you abhor inaccuracies, carelessness, bias or distortions, and that you will not knowingly introduce false information into material intended for publication or broadcast, then you must take serious action against Naseer Kakar, and publish the truth that we reject the claims of the Pakistani military regime (as BBC News has already done).


Sincerely,


Mir Azaad Khan Baloch




Baloch News Bureau Report


Mir Azaad Khan Baloch
General Secretary
The Government of Balochistan in Exile
http://governmentofbalochistan.blogspot.com/

2 Comments:

  • Give them a taste of their own medicine and put them right stright away. An Excellent course of action and responce by The Government of Balochistan in Exile in responce to the misleading media reports of Pakistani origin.

    This kind is so common in Pakistani media, where when one visits a Pakistani news website, TV channel or pick up a news papper, the stories reported will always be muddled with and some little twat is trying to be creative with it. I personally see this every day simple by comparing articles, and reports published by pakistani agencies and simply comparing them with Afghan News Agencies or any other well stablished source.

    Well at least we know, who is walking in the dark in search of light. They are fooling no one but slapping themselves in the face, and a few more slaps like this and they will by knocked out permanently. Pakis are scooring own goals.........

    By Blogger Sal, at Sunday, July 09, 2006  

  • Dear Sal,

    Thank you for your supportive comment. I learned my lesson about Pakistani journalists by dealing with BBC reporter, Ayesha Tanzeem who is of Pakistani descent. After interviewing me, she twisted the facts to suit her story and make me look bad. But, it was a good lesson, and I was not ashamed to translate her Urdu article into English and posting it on our Blog.

    Mir Azaad Khan Baloch
    General Secretary
    The Government of Balochistan in Exile

    By Blogger Govt. of Balochistan, at Sunday, July 09, 2006  

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