Maya Khan Fired: First success of social media in Pakistan
January 30th, 2012 by Faisal Farooq | 33 Comments |
Apparently, firing Maya Khan, the head of the vigil-aunty brigade, along with her entire team is foremost success of the social media in the country.
A few days back, television viewers in Pakistan saw Maya Khan with a moral brigade, comprising elite-class aunties, raided a park in Karachi chasing dating couples.
Although it was not the first time people watched doing her something strange, it was the last episode proved to be the last straw for many others flagship morning shows.
Dating someone without a legal relationship is considered down upon in the Pakistani society and some girls have lost their lives by their family members due to this specific cause.
Maya Khan, the desperate for rating, has shown to be chased after couples as the show was on-aired live. It budged most part of the country and immediately social media users became active and bloggers started targeting Maya Khan and her channel.
Some of the social media activists termed her ‘chief of the moral police’ while a few compared her vigilantism to the ‘Lal Masjid mindset’.
Additionally, some Facebookers started uploading Maya Khan’s private snaps in which she was seen dancing with male friends, and doing hugs. A series of questions and mocks were also carried out along with these pictures, asking her to explain what was she doing with these people.
It seems that she wanted to boost the rating of her show by creating a new controversy but the water didn’t flow in a desired direction. A group of citizens started an online petition, urging upon Samaa TV’s management to instantly terminate her show.
People also started sending e-mails to Zafar Siddiqui, asking him to take notice of the issue and to off-air the show at the earliest. Ultimately, Maya Khan was fired from the TV channel after she refused to make an unconditional apology.
A famous BBC journalist commented, “If you have a mike and a camera in Pakistan, you are assistants to God on earth and can do whatever you like.” Not only journalist but owners and management of the TV channels sometimes also create controversies to get higher ratings.
However, the social media for the first time in Pakistan succeeded by compelling a private TV channel to close a notorious morning show off-air. Many critics believe that social media will assist the traditional media in forming a code of ethics in the near future.