The Elements of Journalism describes the role of a journalist as below:
Journalism’s first loyalty is to its citizens.
However, General Musharraf seems to think our first loyalty should be with him.
Every senior journalist that I have interviewed in the past two days says that even though the press went through immense difficulties in Zia’s era, it is nothing compared to what the Pakistani media is going through now.
For us, the media fraternity, this clampdown is not only a violation of our civil liberties, but it deprives us of our right to do our job i.e. to report objectively. The Pakistani people have been deprived of their access to information.
In this time and age, it is unfathomable that a blackout of the electronic media could take place.
Unfortunately, our rulers of the country have made the impossible possible.
Day 3 of the emergency has just begun.