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The media is imperilled

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22.12.2018

In military terminology, a “scorched-earth”policy means the destruction, the burning down of anything that an invading force can put to use — from standing crops to infrastructure such as roads and bridges.

In the Pakistani authorities’ lexicon, it seems that anyone who disagrees with the state-sponsored narrative is likened to an invading force, serving hostile foreign interests.

With ideas being the only weapon in their arsenal, the dissidents need a vehicle to air their views and share their ideas. It appears that the civilian government in power and its powerful backers in the security establishment are now ensuring that those who disagree are denied a platform.

This doctrine is being relentlessly pursued as if Pakistan’s current civilian leaders have seemingly taken a leaf out of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s media “regulation” policy . Writing in the Guardian in March 2017, Russia analyst AIexey Kovalev said of the Putin regime: “In their minds, reporters working for state news outlets — which effectively are almost all news outlets in Russia — are public servants first and journalists second (if at all).”

Over here, we are not........

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