Hamid Mir’s Twitter followers swell after PM Imran unfollowed him
Prime Minister Imran Khan was unhappy with senior journalist Hamid Mir and thus unfollowed him on Twitter. But this move reflecting displeasure proved to be a blessing for Mir as the number of his followers has increased by one million since then.
Imran had opted to stop following Mir last year after the seasoned journalist raised the issue of increasing censorship in the country. At that time, five million people were following him. Now he has six million people tracking his tweets.
In this connection, Mir talked to 24NewsHD TV channel and recalled that they had protested against the PEMRA’s action against 24NewsHD and Abb Tak News last year and also observed a black day. But the TV channels did not cover the black day, forcing them to use social media to share the protest with people, Mir added.
Mir said someone had shared a video clip of his speech outside the Islamabad Press Club with the prime minister who unfollowed him after some days.
He stressed that who followed or unfollowed him wasn’t important to him, but said that the Dawn newspaper during the same period had published an investigative report which revealed how the media cells associated with the ruling party were attacking and targeting the journalists through manufactured trends.
According to the senior journalist, it is claimed that the prime minister is very popular among the people but his decision to unfollow him increased his followers instead of slashing their number.
He recalled that Imran used to participate in his programme repeatedly when he was in opposition but unfollowed him after assuming the office of prime minister. It was a matter of honour for a journalist, Mir said and remarked that a politician seeks the help of a journalist when in opposition but unfollow him when in power.
The increase in his followers shows that the people of Pakistan know what is wrong and what is right, what is the truth and what is a lie, Mir said and added that media was going through a tough period.