Press freedom day is an important day that highlights the struggle of journalists along with the role & importance of the free press in establishing a transparent & strong democracy. But in Pakistan, the need of the time is to define what press & Journalism actually is. 1/8
It is not mere reporting of events but it is an idea of finding the hidden truth behind the curtains of propaganda. For that, the first characteristic is being objective, which is not the case here, the reporting of journalist clearly reflects theirs biasness. When you 2/8
are objective you pose threat to the interests of corporates, govt & other stakeholders. But if all of them talk good about you that means you are not doing what are you supposed to do. Apart from that when talking about freedom of press in Pakistan, it is a complex topic 3/8
it is not always related to the factors mentioned above, for instance, 7000 journalists losing their jobs is about the Media corporation's incompetence & lack of vision to generate resources to sustain in the longer run While Anchors are still being highly paid by the houses 4/8
has nothing to do with the freedom of the press or censorship. Similarly many other examples as well but that does not mean that press & media is free in Pakistan. Infact just like the journalists the masses & states have this wrong impression of what journalism is & how it 5/8
works, when scholars are discussing public interests being greater than national security we have this mindset of considering media outlets as PR companies, they face problems especially when it comes to topics related to security. Most often you would see people criticizing6/8
Press for not using, religious connotations, not framing the story in the context of the Foreign policy of a respective country. Just because they are not doing that they are labeled as Anti-State & foreign-funded. This is what helps the security apparatus in containing 7/8
voices which are critical & highlight the abuse of power & human right violations. We need to give space to the free media but also facilitate them so that the biased don't find it as an excuse to spread propaganda. 8/8

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