We demand an immediate end to Thori si bewafai' on A-TV
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We demand an immediate end to Thori si bewafai' on A-TV

    1. Citizens for Free and Responsible Media
    2. Petition by

      Citizens for Free and Responsible Media

      Cambridge, MA

This petition has been created in protest against the misrepresentation and exhibition of moral policing in a show called 'Thori si bewafai' on A-Plus, which airs Mondays at 11 pm, and is produced by Umer Gulzari & hosted by Shamoon Abbasi. The show's synopsis on A-plus' website claims to use hidden cameras to intrude into real people's personal lives and expose their alleged infidelities. If the programme is actually intruding on to real people’s personal lives, then it is an illegal violation of individual privacy.

The host of the show Shamoon Abbas recently announced on his facebook page, that 'Thori si bewafai' is actually reenactments and involves paid actors. If in fact, Shamoon Abbassi's statements are true, then the synopsis on your website and the programme itself, is a clear misrepresentation of the real nature of the show.

But even if the programme is based on reenactments, the content of the show is dangerous; it encourages vigilantism and can lead to hate crimes.

A-plus has branded itself as a 'socially responsible entertainment channel' but 'Thori Si Baywafi' is anything but responsible.

This kind of programming has nothing constructive or productive to offer and is copying the worst type of television genre. Reality shows draw huge viewerships around the world, but in a society as intolerant, divided and violent as Pakistan, it is likely to create many instances of
provocation, persecution, coercion and potential grievous harm to innocent
people. Therefore by telecasting such programs, the channel is acting as a potential provoker, aider and abettor to incitement to violence and criminal bodily harm.

As viewers and citizens of Pakistan, we not only protest the glorification of such moral policing, but also point out that this kind of programming is likely to also lead to legal action for violation of dignity of man under the Article 14 of Pakistan’s Constitution, which legal action we as signatories will support, propagate and promote.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Baluchistan Letter

      We are continouing out fight to keep media responsible. Please join us at our Facebook page and support our letters on on Baluchistan, Kamran shahid show and Luman show.

    2. Reached 200 signatures
    3. Shamoon Abbasi Bows out

      An hour after we posted our petition, the host of "Thori si Bewafi' announced on his facebook page that the show does not feature real people but is based on reenactments by paid actors. He also said he was quitting the show. But we think the petition should continue to ensure that :

      1. The show should not go on with another host.
      2. A-plus does not misrepresent any shows in the future. On A-plus's website they claim that "Thori se Bewafi' is based on real lives and real situations. The show does not state that these are 'reenactments', it is purposefully misleading its viewers.
      3. Reenactments or any programming that encourages vigilantism and moral policing must stop. Even if "Thori se Bewafi' is based on reenactments - the situations depicted are highly offensive and promotes vigilantism and moral policing.

    4. Reached 50 signatures

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    • Saqib Saeed LAHORE, PAKISTAN
      • over 2 years ago

      Yes. I fully agree that such intrusions need to be stopped there and then. Our TV channels have crossed every moral limit and its high time we put an end to it.

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    • Osman Azhar LAHORE, PAKISTAN
      • over 2 years ago

      Aplus Socially Irresponsible

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    • Akbar Zaman LAHORE, PAKISTAN
      • over 2 years ago

      There should be a strict check and balance on the activities of the media, who often act as judge, jury and executioner all rolled into one. The public should not be subjected to the intrusive and indiscriminate actions of the media people, who are hell-bent on increasing the ratings of their respective networks, through hook or crook.

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    • Aamer D KARACHI, PAKISTAN
      • over 2 years ago

      In the language that self-righteous Muslims understand the best – or claim to, at least: You are not a watcher over them; but whoever turns back and disbelieves, god will chastise him with the greatest chastisement. Surely to us is their turning back, then surely upon us is the taking of their account. (88:22-26) And god judges with the truth; and those whom they call upon besides him cannot judge aught; surely Allah is the hearing, the seeing. (40:20) Is not god the best of the judges? (95:8) Or are you lot better than god?

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    • anila ansari LANARKSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      “Privacy is not something that I'm merely entitled to, it's an absolute prerequisite.”

      ― Marlon Brando

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