What is the power of free press? Why real democracy is considered the best form of political system? The near fatal attack on Hamid Mir, last year, was a painful and flabbergasting incident carried out by unknown persons that sealed the fate of free press in Pakistan.
Why do that rulers, Civilians or military, in Pakistan never allow full freedom of the press? From fear and lack of moral courage to facing the truth about their incompetence and disrespect for the rule of law, they are only interested in enjoying high quality of living at the people’s expense. Due to the rigid control on the access to government documents, the country has rampant corruption, nepotism and bad governance.
The press is considered the fourth pillar of the state and the spokesmen of people and it’s responsible for exposing the truth to the public. Its prime responsibility is to highlight the reality and the wrongdoings of the few individuals. Restricting the freedom to write or speak against the government institutions is causing obstacles in the establishment of good governance. We must learn from the history that truth never remains hidden.
Sharif NuhaaQ Baloch – Islamabad
Published in The Balochistan Point on May 20, 2015
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