Within the current political climate getting access to accurate timely news has become fairly difficult – a high level executive from GEO London claimed on CNN that their Karachi counterparts are actually calling the London office to get the latest updates.
In the face of these, Pakistani bloggers have come out shining and have been providing some fantastic news coverage and up to the minute commentary about events from around the country.
So much so, infact, that the Wall Street Journal has mentioned the value of the information from these sources in a recent article:
Pakistani college students and professionals have been communicating via blogs about the latest protests and detentions. These are some examples:
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Blogger Teeth Maestro, self identified as a dentist who practices in Karachi, reminded readers to Ã¢â‚¬Å“remain peaceful while demonstrating,Ã¢â‚¬Â and tracked the arrival of police at the Lahore University of Management Sciences before a planned protest.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ MicroPakistan blog suggested people not to go out on the streets but protest instead by sending flowers, and to spread the word online.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ A detention list was made available at the wiki Pakistan 2007 Emergency, created on Saturday, Nov. 3, and updated regularly.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ A list of Pakistani bloggers is available at: Bloggers.pk
Why cant they just stop printing newspapers already all over the world- no other medium but blogs (in addition to TV) can amass an army of citizen journalists and news reporters and provide reports like these from the edge.
Whats more, it is also notable that a lot of these reporters — despite being citizens and not being paid to do this — are reporting the facts fairly objectively without the spice and bias that they may be tempted to add.
So Kudos to citizen journalism and the blog platform in general.