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Vigil-aunties beware!

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January 27th, 2012

A recent report in The New York Times, For Many in Pakistan, a Television Show Goes Too Far, flags a raging controversy in the South Asian nation that “could well be the beginning of a media consumer rights movement” in the country, according to journalist Beena Sarwar (No to vigil-aunties: thousands protest media’s moral policing in Pakistan). In an article headlined It’s True, Trash TV Sells, another Pakistani journalist, Madiha Javed, offers a list of what sells in the new, highly commercialised television market-place. A Pakistani blogger, obviously inspired by the imaginative and popular Pink Chaddi campaign in India a couple of years ago, has written an open letter to “Maya Jee,” the TV show host whose on-camera hounding of couples in a public park sparked widespread public outrage. Not only are these developments important and interesting in themselves, but they could help counter the unfortunate stereotyping of Pakistan and its people, as well as of Muslim women everywhere, in many parts of the world, especially post-9/11.

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