Pak24tv , a Pakistani news network, used psychological terms in reporting how Pakistani journalists and experts said that Islam had explicitly forbidden non-Muslims to participate in its institutions. It makes an otherwise innocuous comment about the prime minister's likely future chief of the religious affairs committee of the Supreme Court. "Let us then, respectfully, take note that Muslim jurists have always assumed a rather definitive Muslim-phobic mentality and largely rejected Muslims' preferential treatment over non-Muslims in public office. This is not something Islam has ever encouraged," the Pakistani journalist said. Pak24tv says on its website that it has been running for over 30 years. "The company employs a lot of freelancers, but this reporter is a staff member with the official media," its report said. Indian state officials including the chairman of the Punjab Information Commission, a top official, said that Islam was secular and not biased against non-Muslims. "Islam does not discriminate; religion is not responsible for other things," Sanjiv Chaudhary told the local news network NDTV. "This is not a Hindu-Muslim issue; this is just a religious issue." Pak24tv anchor Fehra Khan also used psychology terms. "Dr. Muhammad Shafi at the Department of Psychology at Harvard and the American Psychoanalytic Association has written in a book, The Psychology of Belief, that the subconscious mind looks for something that violates its existing sense of moral and social ethics. It generally chooses one type of violation over another, so that you do not believe and decide for one group because it goes against your religion. Even in the religious institutions, there is discrimination between the teachers in the religious institutions, so what you are doing now violates that psychological mechanism," Khan said. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has been criticized recently for censoring the public broadcasting network, All India Radio, for airing remarks critical of Islam. The statements came out as the prime minister was making a speech to mark the Hindu festival of Maha Shivaratri on Sunday night, the Hindu Times reported. The prime minister's office said that the "subsidiary authorities" would ensure that reports of a government institution "are not prejudiced by the association of certain untoward actions. Views expressed on religion or religion-related matters must have a broad intellectual base." That statement comes after an Indian news channel broadcasts an audio clip of the prime minister making a statement about the opposition leader, Rahul Gandhi. Gandhi has said that there is a Muslim conspiracy to sabotage his political ambitions. Indian news networks are constantly making their observations about religious affairs. Even though India is an overwhelmingly Hindu nation, the Muslim population has risen to 27 percent. But experts say that television has not reflected that rise. "There is a huge gap between newspapers and television news about Hindu, Muslim, Sikh and Christians leaders and their leadership, theirs' and other people's priorities," Padma Bhandarkar, a senior journalist who worked with the leading national newspaper, The Hindu, for over three decades, told the Pakistani website, Pak24tv. Pak24tv, meanwhile, is making news. "Pak24 TV is reaching out to every community, youth, media professionals, policymakers, teachers, politicians, and experts. It is looking to become the flag bearer of young and diverse journalism in Pakistan, as is evident from its hosts and guests. With its innovative content, strong media leadership, and new technology in view, it is a good platform for those interested in a variety of related fields. The channel, founded by journalist Shaan Mujhadi, is a breath of fresh air and reflects the passion of journalism and media," the Pakistan Media Research Center, a private research and development center, said on its website. What do you think about this?
"We're coming to your house. Please tell us what you want to say." Pak24tv has such a catchy line, and that is exactly what it says on its new website.
It is a news channel that has done a lot of advertising, offering prizes to people who wanted to advertise on the station.
Experts say the network is a perfect way for young people to get their share of media attention.
"Pak24 has such a sophisticated and mature approach towards its content and its own brand. This is a new step towards young media," Malik Ali Khan, former managing director of Pakistan Television, told Pak24tv.