Media’s role in democracy
BRITISH philosopher John Stuart Mill underlined the need for free speech mainly for three reasons. He believed that freedom to read or write is an important element to expose and reveal the truth, to ensure self-development and self-fulfilment of citizens and to help ensure participation of citizens in a democracy.
The Pakistani media is an enthusiastic member of the new warrior clan of the 21st century and despite belonging to a war-torn country is playing an active role in keeping with the demands of the modern times.
By airing divergent views and engaging in cross-questioning on significant national and social issues the media reflects and informs public opinion and practically shares the task of the parliament.
Investigative reporting and live discussions can undermine the spell of many a magicians. The media has an unprecedented ability to act as a catalyst in civil society efforts to strengthen democratic polity.
The fundamental ingredient making democracy possible is the flow of information.