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Maria Zulfiqar Khan: Investigative journalist or media bully?

By Farwa Zahra:

Pakistani news media never fails to remind us of the fact that it operates under no formal code of ethics. Whilst the reporters take up the role of undercover agents, once every few months we see moral policing by TV show hosts like Maya Khan and more recently Maria Zulfiqar Khan. One of the latest episodes of Maria’s show “Baat Say Baat”, featuring her raid on a Chinese-run massage centre, only left me disgusted that journalism has stooped so low. The show violated media ethics on various fronts.
The host revealed identities of both she thought were innocent or involved. The name of a 14-year old girl working at the center was mentioned quite a few times before the editors of the programme decided to censor it… as if it mattered anymore. The camera kept hovering around the staff members accused of being prostitutes and whose faces were visible in various scenes of the report. When the drug inspector left the scene (which could be for any reason), the host not only revealed his full name but also came to a sweeping conclusion that he was there not as an investigator but as a client. As if this was not enough, the show went on to reveal house number and ownership details of the place rented for the centre.

The host further went to the house of the 14-year old from where she called her father asking why he sent her for dhanda, leaving no benefit of doubt that he could have actually sent her for massage services as the guy claimed. She continued to harass whoever she thought was an accomplice by shouting, accusing, threatening and using indecent language showing no control over her emotions and hence demonstrating a lack of objective reporting.

Maria Zulfiqar Khan’s desperation to increase her show’s rating only turned out to expose her lack of journalistic integrity representing an example of media bullying. But if the host is hell-bent on continuing her “investigative” journalism, here’s a suggestion: Dear Maria, stop moral policing. We have Maya Khan already. But if you have to run your self-righteous ghairat brigade, why don’t you raid on Red Light area next time? At least it would come with fewer assumptions and some proofs.

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9 Responses to "Maria Zulfiqar Khan: Investigative journalist or media bully?"

  1. Kamath. Canada Safari iPad says:

    KPretty cool way of looking at things!

  2. akb Pakistan Safari Unknow Os says:

    Maria Z Khan did an excellent job by exposing the dirty dens of prostitution under cover of so called massage parlors. Her investigation was brilliant n commend her on her hearfelt disgust n loathe for all who were engaged in that dirty activity.
    She did not do anything immoral ….it were those she exposed were infact a blot on the face of society. Maya khan too correct in what evil of the society she exposed. Sympathizers of evil are evil themselves…..
    They must go to some other place where they can share the immoralit they side with.
    Dr Maria, keep up the good work n forget abt what champions of evil,sympathisers endorse in the name of journalism or liberalism.

  3. Thomas United States Mozilla Firefox Mac OS says:

    I too think the GOOD doctor Maria Z Khan did an excellent job by exposing the dirty dens of prostitution posing as massage parlors. Do we know if the 14yo girl was working there to make some money for herself (SHAMEFUL) or forced to work there by her family (CRIMINAL)

    WORSE THAN PROSTITUTES…….. You SELL your OWN children to the INFIDEL DRONE GOD OF DEATH…. What a crew…….. Lower than pondscum….. Wins worlds most corrupt country award!!!

    I think Zadari may have colluded with you know who to get her killed and him elected…….. There seems no end to the venality there in that place………… IK !! The only hope 2B seen in PK in decades…

    “Rehman went on to say that there “has been no quiet complicity” from the ruling Pakistani Peoples Party (PPP) about the attacks, disputing US claims that they assume Pakistan’s government just publicly complains about the strikes but gives its “tacit consent.””

    What a lying B-I-T-C-H !!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU WANT TO SHOW THERE IS NO COMPLICITY…???? Put a tank out in front of the embassy and point the turret gun at the entrance……. Every time a drone strikes send a few rounds off into the entrance….. It will make good picture worldwide and announce TO THE WORLD….. Pakistan is done acting WEAK…!!! Done being the victim… DONE SELLING IT”S CHILDREN

  4. AKB Pakistan Opera Windows says:

    Previously the Lal Masjid guys also caught a prostitute shamim apa carrying on a prostitution den under the cover of beauty or massage parlor. The mullah’s reprimanded her but the liberal society sided with the ho. Why don’t the so called liberals send their women folk for jobs at the massage parlors?? There are still hundreds of them running in many cities of Pakistan!

  5. AllWeatherFriend India Google Chrome Windows says:

    These chinese massage parlor is a shame. More of such chinese-brothel will prop up every where, once chinese gets involved in gwadar and other infra-structure activity. At least, the chinese ‘businessmen’ should use local labor!

  6. Kavete Pakistan Safari iPad says:

    Can someone ask maria zulfiqar about her activities in the PM house during the reign of gillani?This lady used to sleep with Yousaf Raza gillani and now she is exposing the massage centres,look who is talking.,wake up everyone.Go and ask the cook,driver ,,any staff of PM house and they will tell you the story.

  7. Does it matter United Kingdom Google Chrome Windows says:

    @Kavete – accusing anyone without proof is morally wrong and pathetic low of a person who does so. If you have some evidence and you feel something illegal has been done – seek justice instead of doing sh** everywhere like dog, think! and no offense

    @Farwa Zahra – there is no set code of conduct and morality in any of our public sector as well as people have been sleeping and making this scavengers much bigger to cause discomfort to whole system now! I thoroughly think that many brave people like Maria are required in Zahra and it takes time for person to evolve into some mature person! Let us have patience, people will either approve or disapprove her after sometime and that will determine their fate as well!

  8. Imran zia Pakistan Google Chrome Windows says:

    I saw this lady show last night . These kind of people are destroying media . That sex house shouldn’t be broadcast if she was so patriotic she would have done that without filming the situation

  9. concerned Pakistan Google Chrome Windows says:

    I personally feel that Miss Maria should look around herself before shitting about others. Maybe that young girl was starving to death and the only way to save herself and her family was to work there, So called DOCTOR maria has sex for fun. Where as that girl was forced by not having money. The poor girl must sleep hungry for many nights. Maria is indeed a media bully.

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