October 31, 2018
ISLAMABAD - Shaheen Sehbai (pictured), a former group editor of The News, has questioned Nasim Zehra’s announcement about airing an interview of ex-Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.
He asked, “should glorifying criminals be considered good journalism?”
In her tweet, Nasim Zehra announced the interview of Ishaq Dar will be his first “on-camera intv @24NewsHD since leaving Pak, shares specific details of why he believes he was framed, who sympathised with him bcos he was wronged, why SC must undo the alleged wrong committed against Dar; why Pak govt cant extradite him.”
Sehbai did not like the announcement. “CAN ANYONE RESPOND PL: How can media present an Absconder from Pak Justice, wanted in many cases, on TV screen when in similar cases like Altaf Hussain of MQM not a word is allowed to be said. Should Glorifying the criminals be considered good journalism? A REVERSE SCOOP OR WHAT !”
A number of Twitter users also questioned the logic of interviewing an absconder. In December 2017 an accountability court declared Ishaq Dar an absconder in a corruption reference after the former finance minister repeatedly failed to join the trial.
Photo: Twitter (@SSEHBAI1)
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