The World Press Freedom Day! (3-May)

Punjab University’s Institute of Communication Studies (ICS), on Thursday 3 May, held an interactive dialogue on the “World Press Freedom Day” to highlight the importance of “Press Freedom” in participation with US Consulate Islamabad.

The chief guest Bryan Hunt, US consulate’s Principal Officer, while addressing to a seminar; highlighted the importance of press freedom where; ICS Director Dr. Mugheesuddin Sheikh spoke on the challenges facing the press today.

Bryan was of the view that an independent and active press is an “important pillar of democracy” and without a free and vibrant press, a nation cannot find its voice and become a flourishing democracy.

“Independent media empowers people, exposes corruption, encourages transparency and promotes participation in the political process. Without it, society as a whole suffers” said Bryan.

According to him US supports free press through programs and exchanges such as Edward R.Murrow Journalism Program for foreign journalists.

According to Dr. Mughees that media should not get the economic pressure but it should responsibly manage its economic demands of their outlets without compromising on truth.

“Business pressures as reflected in an advertisement revenue can sometimes be an impediment to press freedom,” but noted that “separating commercialism from the media industry was neither feasible nor realistic,” he said.

2 Comments so far

  1. Kashif (unregistered) on May 6th, 2007 @ 1:59 am

    Private TV channels in Sindh were closed by cable operators. They were told to stop the transmission as the channels were relaying live coverage of CJ’s caravan.

    So much for the free press.

  2. Kamran (unregistered) on May 6th, 2007 @ 11:36 am

    What a way to celebrate World Press Freedom Day?

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