Free Media in Pakistan
Communication has always been a special part of a society. It always played a part of spreading information. In early times when people were unable to communicate they used to raise some specific sounds which had some meanings in them. Then people communicate and felt the need of spreading the information and happenings from place to place. For this respect the first evolutionary source introduced was “Newspaper”. People used to publish such news which they wanted to share with others. With the passage of time and evolution of the science the source of information made an astonishing revolutions and the most modern form of sharing views and information is visual media. Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers. The right to an open, independent and accountable media is a basic human right. It is often said that world has become a global village. It is media that has shrunk the world into a village. Telecommunication, TV, radio, and now computers have reduced distances and brought the countries of the world closer to each other. Free media is the integral part of democracy. It acts as the custodian of democracy and facilitates the decision-making process. It has become the voice of the masses. Indeed, it is instrumental in shaping the public opinion. A society with restricted media is just like stagnant water. Such society breeds only ignorant minds. People remain ignorant of events, ignorant of their rights, their duty to the state, their needs and the role that they can play for the betterment of the society. Macaulay called the Press as the fourth pillar of the state. With the advent of new technology the media has gained new dimension and great strength. It has transformed the present age into information explosion. Communication channels through which...
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