Cynthia D. Ritchie | Srivideo
Biography | Posted: Wednesday, 24th June
Full Name: Cynthia David Ritchie
Date of Birth: 1982
Place of Birth: United States
Occupation: Writer, Media Director/Producer
Education: Louisiana State University, The George Washington University
Zodiac sign: Taurus
Cynthia D. Ritchie, a woman of American origin, who has lived in Pakistan for the last decade, and is described as a blogger, filmmaker, and “a social media enthusiast” by at least one source (an article in the Indian Express in June 2020). Ritchie is known for having a keen interest in Pakistani affairs; and is supposed by opponents to have been a close brand ambassador of the Pakistani deep state who campaigned through social media to uplift the overall image of Pakistan to portray it as a safe country for women; a claim contested by Pakistani feminists. Subsequently, in June 2020, Ritchie herself made contested #MeToo allegations of sexual misconduct against politicians, one of previous political dispensation in Government.
According to media reports her background information before appearing on Pakistani horizons are sketchy.
Ritchie's Facebook page claims that she has studied at Louisiana State University and had additional training at the University of Houston School of Law, Pepperdine University, and George Washington University in the faculties of mass communications, criminal justice, conflict resolution, clinical and behavioral psychology and strategic public relations. 2006- 2009 PR jobs, briefs jobs at phone and computer businesses and last known job in Huston with some janitorial services company. She got associated or floated Kulture Inc. and ‘A Different Lens Production’ in 2017 both businesses were suspended by U.S. authorities by 2019.
Ritchie's first known visit to Pakistan happened in 2010 after getting visit visa from Pakistan's Huston consulate allegedly through familial connections of Pakistani businessman having substantial business interests in Huston USA, Federal Minister for Narcotics Control Azam Khan Swati. Swatis and other Huston based Pakistani expats including that of Association of 'Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America' reportedly helped out Ritchie in socializing in Pakistan's elite Political contacts. (According to news reports Swati family later on distanced themselves from Ritchie) According to Baqir Sajjad Syed Pakistani news portal Dawn Richie worked in Pakistan for namely Omair-Sana Foundation and Humanity Hope, the two institutions owned or managed by U.S.A. based Pakistani doctors.Later claimed to have worked with work visa to improve communications in Pakistan's health sector From 2011- 2012 onward she seems to have moved on to public media interaction and engagement in close association with Pakistan's establishment. During her media and social media engagements she had been openly claiming her close association with Pakistan's security establishments. In June 2020, through social media platform she claimed sexual misconduct against top leadership of earst-while Pakistani political dispensation then in power in 2011, the claim was contested by respective political dispensation and leaders.
Ritchie made contested #MeToo allegations of sexual misconduct against politicians: entangling one ex-President, two ex-prime Ministers, including one ex-Woman Prime Minister and two ex-cabinet ministers. The political party which came under scrutiny lodged complaints of false charges against Ritchie, whereas she came back with more accusations one after another through her Twitter handle. A social media war broke out. Supporters of political dispensation in government took the opportunity to criticize opposition political leaders, besides who questioned the claims they were labeled to be traitors. Whereas opposition supporters questioned her financing, closeness to the deep state and how could she get not only a visa renewed year after year and reach to government offices, including security establishments, where otherwise commoners would not have easy entry. Some of her social media opponents attempted to slut shame her but one of the prominent feminists, Marvi Sirmed, asked people not to resort to slut shaming in any case and that Ritchie may be speaking even under duress from the Pakistani state.
In her media interactions, Ritchie claimed that she did not choose Pakistan as an interest but Pakistanis chose her for their interests to reshape perceptions about Pakistan among the international community.