Press is not disinterested it is a mouthpiece of rich and resourceful. It is not playing its role for the betterment of humanity. It Is also not strengthening democracy or institutions. On the contrary it has become a source of arraying different departments against each other. If you are alive to the situation and have a slight interest with history you will come to understand the negative role of media and press. It is not a fourth pillar now but is becoming fifth column. Take a look at the role of media and press in the last two or three decades. In the cold war era and then during the war against Soviet Union in Afghanistan it was media that made the opinion against Soviets. Begin the survey from Iraq war. It was press and western press that instigated the US government to wage a war against Iraq. The American press formulated public and political opinion against Saddam Hussain as it was a political entity. The US led coalition catapulted the lads of Iraq. Afterwards the true reports came out that there were no missiles possessed by Iraq for which it was destroyed.
It was so aggrandized that common people in America and the West considered them the monsters not human beings. When the Soviet Union fell a new enemy was required by the West and the US to fight with. Theory of clash of civilization was spread by the press and made the Muslims enemies of civilization. Al-Qaida’s head Osama bin Laden who was a tame terrorist of America and had close relations with the secret agencies was labelled as the most wanted terrorist and his organisation Al Qaeda was blamed for attacking WTC. That was also the work of press and media. Press never expressed its concern over the true status of the world trade centre’s destruction. The Muslims were insulted and humiliated and made target of all the atrocities. The African were the easy target. Sudan and Somalia were hunted first. The media reported wrong. Then Taliban came on the scene. These were prepared in Pakistan by the West to advance their interest but they were Pushtuns and could never yield to outside authority. Mullah Omer’s Taliban were attacked brutally. Daisy cutters were thrown and there was devastation and decimation on large scale. It was proved correct by the Media and Press. When Osama died the myth of Al-Qaida also died. The Western Press found a new theory of placing Shia and Sunni Muslims against each other. For this purpose Israel Intelligence services ISIS disguised as Daesh was popularized by the press. Yemen, Egypt and Syria were destroyed. And still the destruction is continued. Press has forgotten its role and has become a propaganda tool in the hands of governments or opposite parties. Locally in every country press is divided into two groups, Pro government and Anti government. Take a look at Pakistani Press. It does not know the facts itself and propagate the western agenda. The so called legend journalists are exposed in the end working for some foreign agency or state. What is this press?
To parody a verse from W.H.Davies
What is this press if full of lies, it is poor press.