A little girl’s body was recovered in Pakistan today — and almost nobody noticed.
The story was not filed, as far as I could see, but a few photographs came through.
There were two photographs of the victim, probably aged 10-14. The photos must have been obtained from the girl’s family, who shared them with the media in hopes of having their story heard. The photos are recent, given the time stamp on them:
Then there is the image of the girl’s body – recovered, bearing marks of extreme torture and cruelty. It is an obscene image, but a necessary one I feel (and so did the photographer).
Sadly, it only captures a small part of the horror that must have been the child’s last hours, last minutes. I have uploaded it without blurring because the girl that once lived is no longer identifiable.
There is also a photo of her mother, begging the state for justice.
And last, there is a photo of SP (Investigation) Tanveer Hussain Tunio – the man who will presumably ensure the criminal(s) are apprehended.
Just another Sunday in Pakistan. The story is definitely not on TV. If it ever does appear on TV, it will be wrapped in many comforting layers of dramatization and music to prevent the news from appearing ‘too real’.
I doubt this story will make the papers. If it does, it will probably be a single column or a brief. Its a ‘done-to-death’ topic, too gory, too titillating, too scandalous, too shameful, too grim, too violent, too sensitive, too taboo, too anti-Pakistan etc.
I have no compelling words to round this off; I think the photos and the (lack of) media interest says enough — not just about the media, but our society as a whole.
Thanks to Photographer Hussain Ahmed who made an effort to file something on this.
Journalism is a dirty business
Journalism is not freedom of expression
Social media does not equal journalism (but it helps)
Pakistan’s media is in an ethical crisis
Journalism is not entertainment
I promised an update after 6 months on the whole Tribune vs Dawn thing – so here it is in as short and painless a form as possible!
[Do read the old Tribune vs Dawn report before beginning].If you reach the bottom, you get a nice little round-up of where I feel Tribune has outpaced and outranked others on the content front as well [just so we recognize it is not just a numbers game].