Posted on August 31, 2009
Filed Under >Sabeen Mahmud, Economy & Development, Law & Justice, Society
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24 responses to “Saad’s Death and the Super-Power Status of Corporations in Our Lives”

  1. MJ says:

    Well in Pakistan, reality shows are not governed under media policy. As a matter of fact there is no media policy. In other countries not only proper safety arrangements are ensured, but paramedics are on stand by and participants are covered under some insurance. At waqar zaka’s show he cunnigly asks participants to take a oath on Television that says ” I am responsible for all the actions and reactions caused by my actions” and in a way shifts the entire responsibility to the participant. There was once an incident in which the particpant was hurt but waqar said it is not my responsibility.

    As far as the unilever killing is concerned, few days back i was shocked to read unilever saying that they are not liable for this accident. It is true that these MNCs that are a dream work place for most of the b school grads practice policies that are worst then the seth companies. The only forum that is active in this incident is internet and initially aarpix.com was told to remove this news but then it spread like wild fire. Unfortunately other media groups do not have the conscious to report that incident.

    The only way to make unilever realize of thier ill practices is a massive online protest and boycott of their products. When thier numbers will fall then only these blood suckers will realize the crime.

    Amazingly Justice Chaudhry is yet to take a SUO moto against it but this is least likely.

    Today it is Saad, next can be our loved one. Rise before it is too late.

  2. Ammar says:

    It is essential to understand that these corporations are pretty much number driven, any variance from targets, and the gora boss sitting in Europe would make sure heads start rolling.

    Firstly, just stop using its products, its Ice Cream division is already in a loss, so simply switching to other better ice-creams can send some sort of ripples through their system. Start vandalizing their billboards, random advertisments etc. If they can get away with murder, why can’t we just screw around with their publicity campaigns which take millions to develop. Sabotage their BTL events, you know those events where random wasted people come over to get their hair shampooed, and how kids get excited when their clothes get dirty. Protests should happen where their dumb activities take place.

    If you people are expecting the BIG MEDIA to do something, then I don’t think any of these useless media channels would actually do anything about it, because they’re bloody fed by this company, and integrity is the last thing that they care about.

    This issue should not die down, the company should come forward and ACCEPT responsibility. I wouldn’t be surprised if their PR/External/Wasted/Useless Shit department is monitoring all these blogs and stuff.

    And has anyone tried contacting NYT,WSJ typish newspapers, they just love to expose something bad done by a big corp. which is not paying them. So just sending out this story to all those major newspapers out there, just might be a good idea. After all, their may be FREE MEDIA somewhere in the world. Just somewhere.

  3. Farrukh says:

    The larger issue of corporate responsibility deserves to be discussed seriously and not latched on to emotional episodes like this one. I think the topic is very important but is treated flippantly by this piece and deserves a more thought out discussion that does look at all sides of the issue. I hope ATP will carry more on this and maybe Prof. Najam himself will write about it looking at what can actually be done rather than just emotional slogans.