Freedom of Media in Pakistan Blessing or Bane Essay

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Freedom of Media in Pakistan Blessing or Bane? Free media is a double-edged sword which has its benefits and vices; however, its advantages overweigh the disadvantages. Let's Make A New Pakistan 2014 Wednesday, January 01, 2014 1. Introduction 2. Definition of free media 3. Media in Pakistan: From censorship to freedom 4. Role of media in Pakistan: a blessing and curse at the same time a) Free media as a blessing: i. educates and informs masses ii. increases level of awareness iii. develops public opinion iv. supports democracy b) Free media as a bane: i. spreading misinformation: rumours and false news ii. used for propaganda & sensationalism: benefits antagonists groups iii. exploitation of freedom: corruption and influence iv. commercialisation: serves vested interests 5. Enrichment and invasion of culture; simultaneously 6. Media is a medium for socialisation and social isolation; concurrently 7. Media is a watchdog but lacking accountability within; contrarily. 8. Overall role in national development. 9. Conclusion Free media is a double-edged sword which has its benefits and vices; however, its advantages overweigh the disadvantages. It ensures the right to freedom of speech. Media is said to be free when the media organisations enjoy freedom to disseminate information without facing any barriers from the government or any other powerful actors of the society. Earlier in Pakistan, media had to go through severe censorship and rigid regulations. However, the laws were enacted in the last decade to lift curbs on its freedom. This resulted in unprecedented freedom of expression and provision of information. Free media comes with a package of advantages such as educating people, increasing the level of awareness, developing the public opinion and, most

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