Noted “liberal” Raza Rumi (Director of ISI-sponsored Jinnah Institute) continues his hate campaign against Pakistan Blogzine. This time, he chose an interview to the Herald magazine as the platform to vent his grievance against us.
“A website ostensibly working for human rights advocacy and media watch but in reality is dedicated to criticising Pakistani journalists, posted a blog about a journalist and blogger Raza Rumi. “My comments were taken out of context, making me sound like someone I could not recognise,” he says. “It is the worst kind of blogging that you can do.”” Source: What’s in a blog by Sabina Qazi; The Herald June 2012 issue pg 86.
On behalf of the Pakistan Blogzine (PB) editorial team, I present a concise official response to The Herald against this incorrect assessment of our blog. I request supporters of PB to forward their complaints and the content of this email to the Herald’s email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
“This is with reference to the article ‘What’s in a blog’ published in The Herald’s June 2012 issue. A reference has been made to a blog described as focusing on human rights advocacy and media watch but indulging instead in apparently undue “criticising (of) Pakistani journalists”. The fact that this reference quotes Pakistan Blogzine’s motto and that Raza Rumi has been named in connection to that unnamed blog makes us certain that the blog referred to is our Pakistan Blogzine whose content and editorial team both have been consistently attacked by Mr Rumi through his social media accounts.
The article’s author does include “media watch” as one of that blog’s activities and such an exercise includes valid, fact-based criticism of media persons that include anchor persons and journalists. Such criticism is either aimed at their misperception of certain human rights issues or their lack of interest in them.
Apart from “criticising Pakistani journalists”, Pakistan Blogzine has a public and well known track record of raising awareness about excesses against oppressed and persecuted groups including (among others) the Shia, Hazara, Baloch, Pashtun and Ahmadi communities of Pakistan. It has meticulously catalogued on its blog incidents of violence against these communities and has called out those journalists, bloggers and even politicians who have ignored such incidents or failed to use their social positions to add their voice in the condemnation of such incidents. That is where our “criticising Pakistani journalists” policy comes in.