Samaa TV’s apology and Maya Khan’s smiling (not) apology

Maya Khan's 'not apology'

So after all the public pressure, Samaa TV apologises, says the programme that was broadcast (moral policing, intrusion of privacy) does not reflect their policy, and that it won’t happen again. The anchor says that the programme host Maya Khan has also apologised – but the apology we are then shown is no apology. Sitting in a bedroom (bedroom??!) with her hair wrapped up in a turban, she smilingly  says she didn’t mean to hurt anyone – agar meri waja se kisi ki dil azari hui mein tahe dil se muafi mangti hoon‘ (IF I have hurt anyone I am really sorry). No acknowledgment that what she did was wrong, that she lied about turning off the camera. So the campaign continues. It’s not about Maya Khan. She can do what she likes at home. But it’s not acceptable when she brings that ‘moral policing’ mentality’ to 24/7 live TV and reality shows – whether it’s her, or Yasir Aqeel of ARY or anyone.
The TV channels must learn that they cannot allow this, media consumers put up with a lot but blatant invasion of privacy is not on, whether it’s done in the name of social morals or religion. Speaking of which, this Oct 25, 2011 show of Maya Khan, in which she pits a sobbing mother versus a defiant young daughter, really takes the cake. “Bach ke rehna, season 2″ – “Do you know where your daughter is?”

25 Responses

  1. Beena,
    Thanks for posting this other clip. I am APPALLED that this Maya woman has been doing such shows for so long and has been allowed to do so! In this one as well the girl was LIED to, to be brought to the show, and despite her repeated requests to stop interfering in her personal life Maya and her brigade continued to put up this self-righteous act. SICK !!

    This says a lot about the real “policy” of the channel and the seriousness of Mays’s so-called apology.

    You are right, the campaign must continue.

  2. WAKE UP PEMRA!

  3. maya is a another media person who works with out brains…

    • True she should not b allowed to do any show again…

  4. Gr8 work maya!! you rock

  5. Acha hua maya khan jasi bandi ko fired kr dya, she is making the fun of tv channel, or i think tv channels were mad to hire a anchor like maya,,, down down maya khan

  6. Maya Khan is the insult of all Pakistan’s media

  7. Seriously….

  8. A strict action should be initiated agaist her. She is doing pathetic. She is working out of her brain. Sama tv has taken a good step to remove her fron channel. Other media anchors should also be learned from her insulting attitude.

  9. i am sorry to state,it was not samaa tv’s decision but influence of those affected by previous episodes,exposing other corrupt people..so sad to know it’s so easy for corrupt people to stop a show or even block a channel…genuine people cant dare to stand against them..u people use anchors enjoy the income but fire them if situation worsens for you….that is your moral value

  10. what maya khan did was wrong! privacy is right of every individual but what we really need to ask here is: were we protesting against our right to privacy or maya khan invading the dating couples in a park? I think its the latter… cause there is much wrong in the society and we hardly rise against that… yes, so probably we were all furious on maya khan because she was doing something we all dont want to be caught in. how about we protest against all the wrong practices taking place in different institutions… hospitals, traffic polices stations, government offices… and at so many other places every single day? I believe we need to evaluate ourselves first! are we the hypocrites we have been labeling maya khan all this time? lets all of us commit ourselves to good and change will come at large. Lets practice good ourselves first, before we point fingers at someone else. Lets say no to bribe, observe patience, follow traffic rules, hold ourselves accountable and spread the same in our circles. This video illustrates this beautifully: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhOfYzzS6D4 Lets make a pledge to make our country a better place! Pleading is the first step – lets take it NOW!

  11. WTF privacy…well done maya

  12. Maya answers the critics??? Bilal Lakhani is on twitter saying that Maya Khan will be coming on Kamran Shahid’s show Monday night on Express news.

    Rumour has it that she is going to join Express and this is going to be her ‘big apology’ to win back fans and critics with rhona dhona and insincere words of regret.

    Shame on Kamran Shahid for giving her this platform. Hasn’t HE learnt from the Balouchistan show that ratings aren’t everything?

    Maya shouldn’t be allowed back on TV after what she’s done…

  13. very bravest and admireable performer and great lady of pakistan .maya khan dont worry loversof honesty are with u .
    we salute to you on your good performance you r not at fault our corrupt society is at fault. our society in majority are illeterate.not to understand the deepest of matter. u tried to correct and to be carefull pareants of pakistan . you dont worry your fans and brothers are alive and supports to u .aap nai apna case express tv channels per bare hi shandar tareqai sai jeeta hai. .FROM NISAR SIDDIDIQUI AND SALMAN SIDDIQUI -HYDERABAD

  14. COME ON MAYA KHAN DONT WORRY .PEOPLES OF PAKISTAN LIKE TO U MILLIONS OF PEOPLES OF PAKISTAN FAVOUR TO MAYA KHAN .WANT TO SEE ON ROUTINE TV CHANNELS..DAILY WAIT ON TV CHANNELS SAMA AND OTHERS

  15. MAYA KHAN U R RIGHT DONT WORRY. ALL THE BROAD MINDED PEOPLES LIKE U AND YOUR GOOD PERFORMANCE .YOU ARE THE ASSEST OF PAKISTAN.I M YOUR BROTHER AND SUPPORT TO U .
    I PRAY TO U GOOD BLESS U . WISH U GOOD LUCK AND ALL THE BEST. FROM SALMAN SIDDIQUI

  16. the great maya khan .we all of hyderabadi salute to u and your bravest and goodest performance .plz dont mind talks of some narrow minded peoples of pakistan . majority of pakistani support to u .
    I congratule to u well and sucessful proceede/submit your case
    you are winner of the programme and impressed the peoples of pakistan ,pakistani proud on good perfomance

  17. Great Maya Great
    Really I want to appreciate to you! I always see your all program regularly.
    Last day on Express channel you expose each & every thing clearly, that was your organized program I think it will be really so that good, don’t worry. Great Maya great
    There are some congested mind people who take criticize on you but I will say to all Pakistani people it’s a reality in our society don’t close eyes ok do respect this great Maya
    This is a woman who taken this seriously issue no body can do it ok
    So respect to Maya and Pray for Maya always
    Great Maya great
    May God bless on you

    • ok good

  18. I’m wondering about the spate of comments on my blog in support of Maya Khan – seems like an organised campaign. Is it a coincidence, following her appearance on Express TV with Kamran Shahid, in what seems very like ‘noora kushti’ (and is a pathetic attempt to bolster their ratings)? Jahanzaib Haque has put it very well in his blog post: “Maya Khan, apology not accepted” http://bit.ly/A44MEk

  19. MAYA KHAN U R RIGHT DONT WORRY. ALL THE BROAD MINDED PEOPLES LIKE U AND YOUR GOOD PERFORMANCE .YOU ARE THE ASSEST OF PAKISTAN.I M YOUR SIS AND SUPPORT TO U .
    I PRAY TO U GOOD BLESS U . WISH U GOOD LUCK AND ALL THE BEST. FROM NOSHEN SATTAR (MAYA 1 BAT YAD RAKHNA hazart ali (sheery khuda ny farmaya hy kh agar tum jan bujh kar ka mazak my b kesi ki gali do gy to wo gali tumhary ly qabar ka bechoo bana kar bheji jay be is ly sab musalmanoo sy darkhowast hy kha gali na dene)KHTY HEN JES KO GALI DO US KY GUNHA ALLAH KAM KARTA HY ALLAH NY AP KY GUNAH KAM KARNY KA WASELA LOGOON KO BANA DEYA AP NY JES HEMAT SY LOGON KAE GALIYAN BARDASHT KEYA AP KE HEMAT HY ALLAH AP KO APNI HEFAZAT MY RAKY AMEEM *NOSHEEN SATTAR

  20. My email sent to Salman Iqbal CEO ARY:

    Dear Salman,

    I understand ARY is hiring Maya Khan. Please note that Maya Khan was let go (or fired) by Samaa TV for refusing to offer an unconditional apology for her actions; nothing has changed on that front.

    By hiring her are you sending a message to others that to behave badly to increase ratings is okay, and it does not matter if you get fired, because someone else will be standing in line to hire you.

    I am copying the over 5,500 individuals and organizations who supported me on the initial petition. I will copy them on your response as well.

    Best

    Ali Taj

    http://blogs.tribune.com.pk/story/10449/maya-khan-apology-not-accepted/

  21. Dear All,

    I know one thing that this fake world will never accept the bitter realities of world because; this is a time to end of this world. Everybody is saying she was wrong and she did wrong thing. In my point of view and Media, people who want to do or watch these same activities as per their needs. They will always say that she did wrong job.
    In my point of view she done excellent job and if could at her position to do these kind of think I could repeat 1000 time to show dark faces of those people who was still living in world of “faroon”

    Now just wait for day of Qayaamat .. Allah will do right Judgment

    Good Day!

  22. This is the fact what media is showing but have they ever showed videos of parties they celebrate with foreigners / diplomats. They drink and dance with them only for breaking news. Has she not ever left her home for date. Definitely this not good in our society but why don’t they chase their celebrities. You guys can watch their scandals on utube. Anyways, i request all the younger generation not to go towards destruction of moral and society.

    Al-Mighty Allah bless us.

  23. “Samaa TV’s apology and Maya Khan’s smiling (not) apology “Journeys to democracy” was indeed a extremely excellent post. Continue authoring and I will keep on reading through! Thanks for your time, Garrett

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