• Petitioned To: Mr Zafar Siddiqi, CEO, Samaa TV

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To: Mr Zafar Siddiqi, CEO, Samaa TV

STOP Subah Saverey Maya kay Sath vigilantism like Lal Masjid

    1. Ali Taj
    2. Petition by

      Ali Taj

      Cerritos, CA

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February 2012

Victory

After the host of a popular Pakistani morning show chased down young couples in a park, quizzing them on whether they were married (a taboo in Pakistan) and refusing to turn off video cameras, Ali Taj started a petition demanding an apology from the station. He gathered more than 5,000 signatures and, earlier this week, the morning show host was fired.

We the undersigned would like to express our dismay at a morning show broadcast on Samaa TV, Subah Saverey Maya kay Sath, that exhibited highly intrusive, invasive and potentially irresponsible behavior on the part of the host - a kind of vigilantism no different than the Lal Masjid variety. The episode of Jan 17, 2012 in particular was highly disturbing in which the host Maya Khan went after couples in parks.

As viewers and citizens, we not only protest this kind of 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 Constitution - which legal action we as signatories will support, propagate and promote.

We hope that Samaa TV will end this irresponsible programming immediately, and look forward to your unconditional public appology.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Citizens for Free and Responsible Media (CFRM)

      Ali Taj
      by Ali Taj
      Petition Organizer

      We are continuing our struggle to keep media responsible. Please see our letters and support us on the Citizens for Free and Responsible Media (CFRM) Facebook page.

    2. Got our reply from Zaffar; Maya and her team are being terminated on Monday

      Ali Taj
      by Ali Taj
      Petition Organizer

      Dear All
      Your feedback is appreciated.As a responsible corporate citizen, Samaa TV did what was required under the circumstances. We do not and have not in the past or intend to in the future to take our viewership or reporting requirements without the seriousness that they deserve.
      You would appreciate that as an organisation with a functioning management team, we had to conduct certain legal requirements over the past week and internal review processes (which are operational in nature) before procedding further.
      As a result of which I can inform you:
      1 We asked Maya to apologise unconditionally which she did not.
      2 The CEO asked her to do that on friday which she refused.
      As a result of which the following will be put in place on Monday,Jan 30th.
      1 Maya and her team will receive termination notices.
      2 Her show is being stopped from Monday morning.
      Our deeds and ac

    3. Citizens' response to Zafar Siddiqi's email

      Ali Taj
      by Ali Taj
      Petition Organizer

      On Tue, Jan 24, 2012 at 12:05 AM, Zafar Siddiqi wrote:

      Dear All
      I have travelled to Khi to look at this matter and yesterday Maya apologised in her program for this. I can assure this will never happen again. Samaa is a progressive channel.
      There are certain other directives that have been put into place as of yesterday.
      I thank everyone concerned in bringing this matter to my attention. It's really appreciated.
      best regards

      Zafar Siddiqi
      President CNBC Pakistan

      Our response, sent Jan 27, 2012:

      Dear Mr. Siddiqui,

      We deeply appreciate your prompt reply and assurance that the kind of show broadcast on Jan 17, 2012, Subh Sawerey Maya ke Saath on Samaa TV will not take place again.

      We also appreciate your moral courage in ensuring that Samaa TV made a public, unconditional apology broadcast on Jan 24, 2012. However, we cannot accept Ms. Maya Khan's words broadcast that morning as an apology. She said she was sorry 'if' she had hurt anyone's feelings without any acknowledgement

    4. Beena Sarwar's Blog

      Ali Taj
      by Ali Taj
      Petition Organizer

      This Blog will update you about progress and news about our petition.

    5. Reached 5,000 signatures
    6. Citizen's Media Movement

      Ali Taj
      by Ali Taj
      Petition Organizer

      We’ve also been made aware of a 2009 moral policing show by ARY that is even more intrusive and takes harassment to another level: We protest these intrusive tactics by TV channel owners to boost ratings by harassing peaceful, law abiding citizens.

      We would like to know what ethical guidelines TV channel owners and
      producers are setting down

      This may be the start of citizen media consumer movement in Pakistan. This is very necessary in a situation with so many 24/7 channels, that often do great work in highlighting injustices and unearthing corruption.

      However, in the rat race for higher ratings and breaking news, we would like them also to be on their guard against the possible transgression of basic ethics and would like to know what steps they are taking to ensure this doesn’t happen.

      Media is not a business like any other. It carries greater responsibility and we want its workings and ethics to be transparent.

    7. Actions Awaited

      Ali Taj
      by Ali Taj
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for endorsing the letter of protest regarding Maya Khan’s on-camera moral policing of Jan 17, 2012. The updates to this campaign are:

      Samaa TV has pulled off the Youtube links and Maya Khan’s facebook page has been closed

      CEO Samaa TV Zafar Siddiqi has written back to a group of us saying:
      “Dear All I have travelled to Khi to look at this matter and yesterday Maya apologized in her program for this. I can assure this will never happen again. Samaa is a progressive channel.
      There are certain other directives that have been put into place as of yesterday. I thank everyone concerned in bringing this matter to my attention. It's really appreciated.
      best regards”

      We do not accept Maya Khan’s statement in her of Jan 23as an apology. Nor are we satisfied with Mr Siddiqi’s attempts to placate us. We want an unconditional, public apology.

      We do not hold Maya Khan solely responsible for her actions as it is the producer and channel owners' burden to ensure standards.

    8. We are demanding a full unconditional public apology from Maya and Samaa TV

      Ali Taj
      by Ali Taj
      Petition Organizer

      You can help us by sending an SMS to Mr Siddiqi at +971505529171.
      "Dear Mr Siddiqi, pardon the intrusion. I'm part of a citizens' group protesting Samaa TV and its host Maya Khan's irresponsible 'moral policing'. We expect an unconditional apology, and this show withdrawn or at least suspended until new parameters are worked out. Thank you. Signed [Name], [profession], [city]."

    9. Reached 4,000 signatures
    10. Tribune Article

      Ali Taj
      by Ali Taj
      Petition Organizer

      News

    11. Reached 3,000 signatures
    12. Reached 50 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • sonia suleman KARACHI, PAKISTAN
      • over 2 years ago

      i want maya khan back in the show

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    • Rabeea Hadi ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN
      • over 2 years ago

      As a viewer its our responsibility to raise voice against such a moral policing and on air violation of human rights .

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    • zafar lund DISTT. MUZAFAR GARH, PAKISTAN
      • over 2 years ago

      distrubing privacy and discourging love at the sofis land of Indus civilisation and developing harrassment in the society

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    • Shafaq OSH NONE, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
      • over 2 years ago

      Freedom of speech? I say invasion of Privacy!

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    • FAIZA YOUSUF KARACHI, PAKISTAN
      • over 2 years ago

      Invasion of privacy

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