Journalist Gharidah Farooqi is being lauded for her fearlessness after she became the subject of vicious trolls on social media in connection to politician Zubair Umar’s alleged inappropriate videos that went viral this week.
Farooqi responded to the social media campaign that has been trying to malign the journalist. Farooqi said that she was undeterred by the ‘dirty trends’ against her on Twitter and would continue to expose the ‘minions and stooges of you know who’.
Make as many dirty trends; Attack as much as you like. Will never deter me from my ideology, what I believe is right & from exposing minions & stooges of you-know-who ✌🏼💪🏼😊
نہ ان کی رسم نئی ہے نہ اپنی ریت نئی
— Gharidah Farooqi (@GFarooqi) September 30, 2021
Several women noticed Farooqi’s tweet and applauded her strength. Veteran journalist Munizae Jehangir encouraged Farooqi and condemned the Twitter trend against her. Jehangir said that people afraid of the truth resorted to senseless attacks like the ones launched on Farooqi.
Strongly condemn the filthy nasty trend against my colleague .@GFarooqi Attacking women journalists is the work of those who are scared of the truth & hide behind baseless allegations to cover up their own incompetence and cruelty. More power to you #GharidaFarooqi
— Munizae Jahangir (@MunizaeJahangir) September 30, 2021
Anchor Meher Bokhari was distressed by the trend on Twitter and said that people were involved in ‘moral policing, character assassination, trolling’ just because it was easier to target a woman. Bokhari questioned whether Farooqi was being subjected to the disgusting commentary simply because she was a public figure. She added that people were free to disagree with Farooqi professionally but attacking her this way was shameful.
Distressed, #GharidaFarooqi trending for all the wrong reasons. Moral policing, character assassination, trolling- coz u can? Its easier coz shes a woman? public figure, so she deserves it? disagree w her work/opinion, dont watch her but to all those insinuating such filth, shame
— Meher Bokhari (@meherbokhari) September 30, 2021
Sociologist Nida Kirmani also noticed the maliciousness against Gharidah and said that women made up only 11.8 percent of Twitter users, yet they received close to 99 percent of the hate on the platform.
Women make up 11.8% of Twitter users on Pakistan but seem to receive 99% of the Twitter hate, especially if they are outspoken. #GharidaFarooqi
— Nida Kirmani (@NidaKirmani) September 30, 2021
Human rights expert Zoya Shabir reminded users that Pakistan had claimed to be most respectful of women but the smear campaign against Farooqi proved otherwise. She appreciated Farooqi for her work and encouraged her to continue the fight against misogyny.
Yet again an other WOMAN is under attack. For all those claiming that we are the most respectful nation when it comes to Women; I want to tell them this is the MISOGYNY, we are fighting against. More power to you and keep up the good work. @GFarooqi #GharidaFarooqi
— Zoya Shabbir (@ZShabbir12) September 30, 2021
It wasn’t just women, but some men also called out the filthy tweets being shared against Farooqi. Journalist Ajmal Jami asked the perpetrators if they would ever show the ‘embarrassing’ remarks they made to their own family members. Jami said that the right to dissent should not be misused to advance immoral campaigns.
یہ افسوسناک ہے، شرمناک ہے، قابل گرفت ہے، خدارا! اختلاف رائے کے نام پر کردار کشی اور غلیظ مہم کو پروان نہ چڑھائیں۔ کیا آپ ایسے شرمناک ٹوئیٹس جو غریدہ کے خلاف کئے گئے ہیں اپنے گھر والوں بالخصوص والدین کو دکھا سکتے ہیں؟رحم کیجیے۔۔ پلیز!
سلامت رہو غریدہ! @GFarooqi
— Ajmal Jami (@ajmaljami) September 30, 2021
The campaign against Farooqi started when she posted an update regarding Umar’s reaction to his alleged video last week. She tweeted that Umar had categorically denied he was in the video and that he had sought forensic analysis of the ‘doctored’ video as well.