Free­dom has its obli­ga­tions too

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

THE right to dif­fer, to ques­tion or to protest is one of the ba­sic rights and is at the root of knowl­edge, in­ves­ti­ga­tion and re­search.

The world cel­e­brated World Press Free­dom Day on May 3 for the fun­da­men­tal prin­ci­ple of press free­dom, to pay tribute to jour­nal­ists who have lost their lives and to eval­u­ate press free­dom around the world.

At this oc­ca­sion, we should not for­get that rights and obli­ga­tions go hand in hand.

While ex­er­cis­ing the right of free­dom, one should not for­get to up­hold the obli­ga­tion of pro­mot­ing jus­tice, re­spect, peace and har­mony in the com­mu­nity, na­tion and world.

As a proud Aus­tralian and mem­ber of Ah­madiyya Mus­lim com­mu­nity, there is no doubt in my mind in stat­ing that the free press is a bless­ing for any com­mu­nity or na­tion.

But the ques­tion of whether the press is truly free and whether it can truly be free re­mains unan­swered at the mo­ment.

AN­JUM H QAISRANI,

South Lake

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