Media Essay

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Media access and freedom of expression in Pakistan Unfortunately, when it comes to news media in Pakistan, it’s business as usual. Despite expansion and comparative freedom in reporting, media access to the common man is limited, state coercion continues and a substantial number of journalists lack professional maturity Military and mass media are the institutions that have outgrown more than anything else in Pakistan, one a symbol of control and the other a sign of freedom. However, while the military grew in leaps and bounds, progress in media is still slow and challenging. Unfortunately, when it comes to news media in Pakistan, it’s business as usual. Despite expansion and comparative freedom in reporting, media access to the common man is limited, state coercion continues and a substantial number of journalists lack professional maturity. I still remember the days when I was working for PTV News. Amazingly there were no written rules to control but nothing would go on air without the worst kind of editorial control. Even a minor news report on a highly non-political topic would be brutally edited by a battalion of Editors and Controllers and in most cases I had to drop my report from telecasting because the final version was not worth showing. At least I had that much freedom! Also, no political report would go on air without going through the watchful eyes of the News Director and even the federal Secretary of Information who was a frequent visitor to the PTV newsroom. Radio and TV were the official mouth piece of the government in those days and BBC was the only trustworthy news medium for the general public. Pathetically, little has changed so far! BBC is still the most trustworthy news medium and Pakistani media are still controlled by the government, to a lesser extent though. What has changed is the variety and number of mass media that have
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