Fight­ing for Pro­tec­tion

Southasia - - 9 -

South Asia is home to one-fifth of the world pop­u­la­tion and in many cases, har­bors a vi­brant me­dia. How­ever, an in­de­pen­dent me­dia also re­quires pro­tec­tion as nu­mer­ous South Asian jour­nal­ists of­ten find them­selves re­port­ing on the front lines of on-go­ing wars, do­mes­tic un­rest, or taboo or sen­si­tive sub­jects. It is ap­palling that a coun­try like Pak­istan that boasts of a free and vi­brant me­dia is also the most dan­ger­ous place for jour­nal­ists. As men­tioned in your ar­ti­cle, South Asian coun­tries like Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka also per­se­cute their jour­nal­ists thus plac­ing a ban on free­dom of ex­pres­sion and curb­ing in­de­pen­dent re­port­ing. If the me­dia re­mains tar­geted in this way, South Asia is go­ing to usher in an era of the dark ages of which, it will be in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult to es­cape. A po­lit­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment guar­an­tee­ing peo­ples ba­sic rights and con­ducive to me­dia in­de­pen­dence and free­dom of ex­pres­sion should be cre­ated and en­forced. How­ever, the me­dia it­self is also to blame. With in­de­pen­dence comes re­spon­si­bil­ity and the me­dia should take care to re­port news and not ru­mors. De­spite that, free­dom of ex­pres­sion is a ba­sic right of all hu­man be­ings; one that should not be curbed not per­se­cuted. Mubashir Haider New Delhi, In­dia

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