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Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor on Tuesday interacted with a group of Pakistan based foreign media journalists and briefed them about the security situation and ongoing stability operations. According to ISPR release, Mr. Ghafoor highlighted the importance of the role that media has to play in projecting the true positivity of Pakistan.
He said that international community sees Pakistan through their reporters based in Pakistan. Talking about the peace and stability in the country, DG ISPR said, “security situation of Pakistan has largely improved through successful clearance operations and we are heading towards stability.”
He stated that having restored peace Pakistan wishes to see peace beyond borders especially Afghanistan. Matters related to Pak-Afghan border and situation along Line of Control (LOC) were also discussed during the interaction. He expected the journalists to highlight improving peace and stability in Pakistan, which offers economic opportunities for foreign investors.
Earlier on November 20, Chairman Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority Saleem Baig had called on DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor. Chairman PEMRA and DG ISPR discussed measures to facilitate Pakistani media in projecting positive image and narrative of Pakistan.
According to ISPR release, Mr. Ghafoor highlighted the importance of the role that media has to play in projecting the true positivity of Pakistan.
The two dignitaries also pondered on providing possible support to local media in order to effectively counter anti-Pakistan narrative at play through certain foreign media/inimical forces. It is not a new phenomenon that the media has always been used as a propaganda tool, especially during wartime.
During both world wars and the Cold war, every country involved directly controlled the content of media to influence their citizen and enemies. During the Second World War, the U.S. employed the Office of War Information while the British made use of the Political Warfare Executive to guide such activities.
Nazi Germany made use of the Ministry for Public Enlightenment and Propaganda (“Propagandaministerium”), a highly centralized executive that oversaw the dissemination of all journalistic, artistic, literary, film, and radio information under the direction of Joseph Goebbels. But with the change in dynamics of war and the emergence of concept ‘global village’, propaganda has slightly shifted too.
Chairman PEMRA and DG ISPR discussed measures to facilitate Pakistani media in projecting positive image and narrative of Pakistan.
The authoritativeness of states to control the production to have an impact on own nation has faded away and instead it is now aimed at framing controversies against each other and exploiting the weak points like sectarian and ethnic conflicts. It is more about stressing even the pettiest of unfortunate events, ignoring the major achievements.
Invested commercial interests of individuals to organizations have washed-out the professionalism and social responsibility. Pakistan has very successfully beaten the terrorism by the operations like Zarb-e-Azb. The security situation has witnessed a remarkable stability in recent years.
But that needs a projection, where we lack at. The economy of a state has very much to do with the security conditions; hence the significance of letting the international community see the peace, that can only be done through media.