Liberty of expression?
What role must we expect from the law enforcing agencies in a country where the whole of social, political and economic structure is at the brink of total destruction; where terrorism, religious extremism, sectarian divide, ethnic conflicts, intolerance, political instability, energy crisis, corruption and poverty have led the nation to face worst law and order conditions and where every one is busy in making hay because the sun is shining. In such a hazardous situation the easiest thing is to shift the whole burden of responsibility onto the shoulders of the law enforcing agencies. But the law enforcing agencies donít have a magic stick in their hand. They fail in achieving their aims and objectives not because of their inefficiency but because of their multi-dimensional responsibilities and ever-increasing expectations from the public on their part. As a result of it crime and corruption start growing faster, organized crimes especially looting, extortion and targeted killing transform into a mischievous social monster. A negative role of media in such a sensitive and critical situation adds to the troubles and misfortunes of the already distressed nation.
We must also keep in the mind the recent statement of Justice Javaid Iqbal (Retd) that foreign agencies are responsible for deteriorating law and order situation in Balochistan as well as are behind Baloch disappearances. Pakistan is passing through a very critical phase of its history. Though our armed forces and other law enforcement agencies have a lot of potential and abilities to cope with the situation but they need a very strong moral support from the media and from the public. Without that support it would never be a plain sailing. Disfiguring and deforming of facts is also a cruel form of terrorism and terrorists never deserve any sympathy.
As far as the role of media particularly that of the electronic media is concerned, things need a lot of revision. It is the moral responsibility of PEMRA to regulate a harmonious code of ethics for the anchors of talk-shows and writers working for various newspapers and channels. There must be a system of strict check and balance on the media men. Just cast a look at the talk shows of BBC and CNN; the anchors always remain impartial, unbiased and unprejudiced. There is soberness and sobriety in their behaviour; they never try to become a political guide of their viewers. Same sensible approach must be adopted by our own media-men also.