Glad that Mora Piya highlights the death threats to investigative journalists



Cast: Adeel Hussain, Aamina Sheikh, Manzoor Qureshi, Firdous Jamal and 
Parveen Malik

Writer: Mohsin Ali 

Director: Anjum Shehzad

Broadcasting channel: Geo TV

Telecast times: Every Friday at 8 p.m.

First telecast: December 2, 2011

 

The ‘brother-sister’duo of Daam, Aamina Sheikh as Maleeha and Adeel Hussain as Junaid in drama serial Daam re-emerge as a romantic lead in Mora Piya directed by Anjum Shehzad of Khuda aur Mohabbat and Dil-e-Nadaan fame. While some may appreciate the romance of the couple and some may tear their hair out for so much touchy-feely between the passionate pair (relax people! this is what couples do when they are in love and btw do much more in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, if only we were not such big hypocrites!), to me it is Faisal’s character essayed by the talented new find Adeel Hussain that caught my eyeballs. Am glad that the writer and director of Mora Piya have weaved in a contemporary character of a journalist although the bit about the girl’s father being hesitant in accepting the proposal is far-fetched since in real life most such journalists whether in print or electronic are happily married, regardless of the risks.

 

Playing the role of an investigative broadcast journalist who is threatened by land mafia Faisal is dismissive of these threats and thinks he is invincible. However if one has followed the story of Saleem Shehzad of Asia Times, who was allegedly killed by the ISI for exposing the links of the intelligence agency with the militants and Wali Khan Babar, Geo reporter, who was allegedly killed by the drug mafia or the MQM while covering the operation against them in Pehalwan Goth in Karachi, and the bizarre murder of a young journalist by the name of Faisal Qureshi who was political editor of news website The London Post. His body was found by his brother at 2 am at his home in Lahore, will know that Faisal in Mora Piya is being juvenile and irresponsible.

In fact according to the Blog on Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) nine journalists have received death threats via smses (http://www.cpj.org/blog/2011/08/quantifying-the-threat-to-journalists-in-pakistan.php). “Pakistan was the deadliest country in the world in 2010, according to CPJ data. The country also ranked 10th on CPJ’s Global Impunity Index, which spotlights countries where journalists are regularly slain and authorities fail to solve the crimes.”

 

Journalists when not receiving threats from all kinds of mafias than while covering crime and terrorism, especially TV reporters and camerapersons risk their precious lives, to get us live footage. If they are lucky to survive then their organizations abandon them and if they die then there is nobody to look after them. You can read all about this by clicking on the following link: http://herald.dawn.com/2011/08/16/work-at-your-own-risk.html

 

Journalism/Journalists in Movies

  • Absence of Malice
  • Shattered Glass
  • The Insider
  • Meet John Doe
  • Frost vs Nixon
  • The Paper
  • A Mighty Heart
  • Citizen Kane
  • All the President’s Men
  • Good night and Good Luck
  • State of Play
  • Thank you for Smoking
  • Broadcast News
  • His Girl Friday

 

Journalism/Journalists in Television

  • The Hour-BBC
  • Murphy Brown
  • Lowdown-ABC
  • Drop the Dead Donkey
  • Frontline
  • Just Shoot Me

 

Journalists in Pakistani Dramas

  • Karwaan
  • Loose Talk-Moin Akhtar as sahafi
  • Aangan Tedha
  • Band Khirkiyon Kay Peechay
  • Pehchaan
  • Kaash Tu Mera Baap Na Hota
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