A list of 20 journalists including TV anchors and reporters is going around on the Internet who received money Rs. 10 million each from Nawaz Sharif. Supposedly this money was distributed through IB (Intelligence Bureau) an intelligence organization direct under control of civilian government.
You can see the list of those journalists at this link.
Some of the anchors, or so called senior analysts tried to water down this issue by saying in previous governments envelops were also distributed. Well, if something was done wrong previously we should not justify to continue to do that.
TV anchors and commentators very loudly assert the accountability of generals or with very mild tone politicians but I think there should also be accountability of media and journalists. Or if they think it is ok to accept such money to promote any particular politician’s agenda then they should come out and say it loudly.
Any journalist who claims he has not taken any money he or she should conduct a press conference and say loudly he or she has not taken any money and this accusation is not correct. Unless they deny we will assume they have taken the money which we believe is a dishonesty.
We have no doubt Nawaz Sharif has showered this blessings. We understand he has used public money. He did that for his personal benefit. Using public money for his personal benefit is a crime. Therefore, he should come out in front of press and declare this distribution never happened or this was his personal money. So we know what is the truth. Nawaz Sharif’s lies have already been documented so we expect he will tell us the truth.