Even freedom has limits

Media comprises many forms in which electronic, social and print media are important. Media plays a vital role like creating general opinion, educating common public and raising level of awareness etc. General public usually form their opinion on the basis of reviews presented in talk shows. Columns and news also play key role in making public opinion. In other words media can be considered as public mind maker which can influence masses. The strength of media can be observed in United States elections.
Along with other benefits, media brought a bundle of disadvantages. The major disadvantages are disseminating disinformation and advocating specific propaganda. It can be done on behalf of adversaries. In fact, media is the forth pillar of any state. Countries at large use media to influence internationally. On the other hand, political parties use media especially electronic media and social media for campaigns.
Discussing more, Pakistan’s electronic media consisted of Pakistan Television (PTV) since 1964. In 1988, first semi-government channel was launched. Later on, private channels were licensed to broadcast in 2002. Nowadays, approximately 60 channels are working in Pakistan. An autonomous body named Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) was established in 2002. This institution was made to regulate or improve quality of programs which are broadcast. With the increase in number of private channels, competition has also increased.
Writing more, in later years, PEMRA policies were lightened to flourish free media in the country. This freedom of speech has given some channels, a way to talk against the country. They started to highlight only negative or pessimistic view of country. Some media houses fell pray in the hands of enemy. Their news or reviews (printed or broadcast by these media houses) are coined by enemies. This type of reviews is quoted as a proof against Pakistan on international level. The major target of these negative themes is Armed Forces of Pakistan; Inter services Intelligence (ISI), lately Judiciary and patriotic parties.
MAEMUNA SADAF
Islamabad

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