The other day a I commented on a friend's Facebook status and a debate ensued regarding the freedom of media in Pakistan. I'm not a news addict and I, like many other people, hate the sensational news-casting style of Geo but we cannot shut our eyes and ears to what the world has to say about us and live in a make belief. That happens in countries like
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News is like the saying about terrorists, "one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter". There are always parties with different perspectives of the same news. You can't just brand a media channel anti-state or unpatriotic because they tell you the harsh truth. Same was done to Al Jazera when it took up bold stories. Geo may have a sensational [disliked] style of reporting but their content is not entirely objectionable.
The first step in making a difference and being part of the bigger change is to know what the issue is. If we choose to turn away from the message we would never know what to fight for and what we are up against.
There is a fine line between patriotism and denying the truth, we as a nation seem to blur it. Before we start clamping down on free media we should remember that it is the media that has kept a check and balance on the government's actions. Never in Pakistani history has that happened before. It was the media that brought down Musharraf and I hope it will be the media that helps churn out the revolution we so badly need. Democracy has failed us again and again, we as a nation do not deserve a luxury as lavish as democracy. Democracy is meant for nations with at least 70% or above literacy rate, where people can decide who to vote for based on their knowledge base alone and not on pure political motivation [coercion]. Because although we do elect a government into power despite the rigging and the illiteracy and ignorance of our people, and that we can live with, but we certainly did not elect a "shoe magnet" president.
Thanks to the media awareness things are not the same as they used to be under the PTV era ... thank God!