Axact cannot be held guilty as long as the accusations are unproven.
One of Pakistan’s largest Information Technology company Axact has been under massive scrutiny since the revelations by New York Times reporter Declan Walsh, the story claimed that Axact has been running a mass scale fraud of selling fake degrees and deceiving people throughout the globe. The accusations were no doubt of serious nature but many mainstream outlets treated the company as guilty. At the same time there was a massive campaign against Bol, the channel launched by Axact CEO Mr. Shoaib Ahmed Shaikh. Firstly Bol and Axact are two separate organizations; the accusations leveled (that are yet to be proven) are against Axact and not Bol. The massive campaign aimed against Bol is very much against the principles of journalism. Accusing journalists and staff associated with the channel is not justified. Many senior journalists like Kamran Khan, Nusrat Javed and Azhar Abbas have resigned from the channel due to the massive media campaign, however the channel has a staff of more than twenty two hundred people, the systematic efforts being made to stop the channel from launching will also seriously jeopardize the career of these ordinary workers who left their jobs to join Bol.
The investigative agencies should be given time to complete their investigation against Axact, holding thousands of workers accountable on the basis of a few accusations is against journalistic principles. If any wrongdoing is proved the elements involved in those criminal elements should be punished instead of blaming everyone associated with the organization. Bol, which got the license after the due process should be allowed to start its transmission. Bol must be allowed to speak. Only the outcome of the investigation will reveal whether Axact is guilty or not, no person should give this verdict as long as the matter is under investigation