To err is human. We always read in our journalism lessons that acknowledging a mistake is no wrong if we have to keep our moral grounds high. One of my friends, Muhammad Shuaib faced a difficult time to which I contributed by propagating the half-truth. Why I’m saying that a “half-truth” because I have observed the whole truth by looking into the other remaining facts later, which we forgot to consider.
To go further, Do you know Who is Nasir khan Jan?
Nasir Khan Jan is a social media personality who entertain people by making videos on social media platforms. He has been invited by the Samaa tv’s morning program Naya din on May 6. The controversy began when the little part of that specific interview came up on social media in which the anchorperson Shuaib was insulting the guest and Jan was facing that conduct very cool-headedly. For me and most of the social media activists, that was the whole story we have to go with.
The other half-truth discloses when I personally approached one of the party and asked about the other things happened in that show. Here come my investigative skills which I claim to be very low, as I suffice on the material available and conjectured about the whole event happened.
More interestingly, Not only the social media, Dawn, the name of professional journalism in Pakistan glide with the waves of incomplete information and printed a pictorial piece as an opinion. For me, Dawn is the only last hope for journalism in Pakistan, so the time is to rethink.
Now let’s discuss that what the other part of the truth says. I’ve been provided with the complete video of the program which reveals on me that just after the misconduct part, by concluding the segment and before going to the break, the anchor cleared that this was just to show us that how Jan faces the criticism on Social media and how it feels when you abuse and curse a person, bullying him on social media. That was just a fair glimpse of on what extent social media audience goes and bash Nasir Khan Jan, which Jan says his fan followers.
Other than that, there is also a video clip I’ve gone through in which the same anchor is asking Jan about what made him being here, what difficulties he faced in his life. Nasir Khan shed into tears by recalling those hard moments, he was missing his family too. Shuaib hugged Jan and encouraged him to tell his story but he couldn’t. To see that all, how can I doubt the intentions of the person. Can you?
Consequently, what Shuaib had to face is disturbing along with interesting things to ponder on. He had to face the Criticism on social media which subsequently turned into bullying and threats which is condemnable. Bullying culture is always deplorable whether it is on Mainstream media or social media. People say that It was social media feedback on the event that Shuaib had to apologize to Jan later which he did. I credit the bullying factor more than the correcting one, but it was literally interesting to know about those people who thought that what Nasir is doing is his personal matter, the anchor was wrong in the whole scenario. I did not witness this moment ever before.
That was what the anchor wanted to convey that what Jan is doing is his personal matter, don’t judge and abuse the opinion or the publically known people on social media especially, if you don’t like anything which you think is not appropriate, move forward and engage yourself with other things you want in your life.
I’m still confused about those people who came in support of Nasir Khan Jan. Social media is changing, or it is only about the diversity of thoughts? No, I guess it is still confusing, I see most of the people who have the conservative thoughts in other matters, came out in support of Jan after this event and confronted Shuaib all along. Should I think that our people are somehow sensible or at least in a way to some better time? Or are we undermining the intellect and the values the people on social media preserves? Answers can be many, but I want your opinion to fill the gap.
This event has ended by the public apology of Muhammad Shuaib but left many things unanswered and many lessons we always fail to pick. State or institutional regulations won’t work if we are not able to pour and interpret those into our practices.
(Nasir Khan Jan was in Karachi for a Song Shoot and been interviewed by the bloggers included Junaid Akram, to watch his interview would change your perspective about the person you always hear bad things about. A Karachi based blogger Arslan Ali did a good piece of the interview I must endorse to. Go to Behtareen.pk, his facebook page and watch the details about that interview.)