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Curbs on Media-Dawn editorial

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29.12.2018

Imran Jan |

Dawn newspaper editorial on December 14, 2018, is quite interesting. At the outset, I must suggest to the writer of the Editorial to pick either the free press or the country’s image. Because after wailing and whining about the alleged restrictions placed on the freedom of the press in the name of the good image of the country, it ends its editorial by saying that curbing the media in the fashion of a totalitarian state is bad for the image of the country.

Journalism is all about informing the citizens of the country about the immoral and illegal tendencies and actions of the government. Exposing those would most likely conflict with the good image of the country. But that is what journalism is; bringing the truth and lies to the light regardless of who gets upset and what happens to the image of the country. Again, take your pick, please!

My “independent thought” and gut say that perhaps that 2 years old was not a militant. But the US media doesn’t agree with me. Does that pass as attempting to “strangle independent thought”?

The editorial starts off with laments over the restrictions placed on the freedom of the media by the PTI led government despite the promises of otherwise. It is deeply critical of the blocking of the Voice of America (VoA) Urdu and Pashto websites in Pakistan. It quotes Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry that the websites were blocked because they were doing “false and prejudiced reporting”.

It may sound bad but is it not true that that is what VoA does actually? Doesn’t Dawn know this already? Doesn’t Dawn remember how the New York Times and other media........

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