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Can Pakistan's corrupt media be checked?

UPDATE: Election corruption grave threat to Pakistan's media (CPJ, 8 August 2012)

(CPJ/IFEX) - June 29, 2012 - The following is a CPJ blog post:

By Mazhar Abbas

With ratings driving the profits of media channels, journalists and political talk show hosts are being motivated to stir up controversy at any cost. Meanwhile, the professionals who believe in credibility, objectivity, and honesty as essential parts of ethical journalism are becoming sidelined.

This corruption within the media is spreading like a cancer, and there seems to be no antidote. If it is not checked, it could prove fatal for the media industry. We must take steps to address this problem ourselves. If not, Pakistan's journalists could lose the credibility they have earned from years of struggle.

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