Guest Post by temporal – Baithak
Every person who writes for a newspaper is not by default a “journalist.” Here is a list borrowed from The Elements of Journalism by Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel
- Journalism’s first obligation is to the truth.
- Its first loyalty is to the citizens.
- Its essence is discipline of verification.
- Its practitioners must maintain an independence from those they cover.
- It must serve as an independent monitor of power.
- It must provide a forum for public criticism and compromise.
- It must strive to make the significant interesting, and relevant.
- It must keep the news comprehensive and proportional.
- Its practitioners must be allowed to exercise their personal conscience.
- It must protect and enhance the rights and responsibilities of citizen
Self proclaimed “Journalist” Hamid Mir writes: “Both camps are very confident but there is one difference. One camp is led by a functional federal government having the support of four provincial governments. The other camp is lead by a virtually non-functional president who is looking towards the Army, which is claiming to be neutral and no more interested in politics. If the Army does not come to rescue its supreme commander, then Musharraf will become a “lesson” in the history of Pakistan.”
Of course it should go without saying that the “journalist” Hamid Mir is objective and unbiased and reports fairly and is unbiased.
But what if he is wrong?
We will talk about restoration of Judiciary another time. Attacking and dislodging Musharraf is akin to attacking the Army (read Kiani – and recall the 3am Press Release recanting the ISI gift to Rehman Malik) and clipping Musharraf’s wings translates into putting the Army in its place.
Can the newly elected (and converted) “democrats”- Asif Zardari, the co chairperson of the hand written will and successor to the deceased chairperson-for-life and Brother Sharif of his League – both “genuine” democrats from birth – take on the Army without the “independent” and restored Judiciary? Please recall the “restoration” will come after the “impeachment.
Will the state of the state take a turn for the better?
Or will things go bad? So bad that once again the citizens will welcome the Khakhis with garlands and sweets?
Like the rest of ordinary Pakistanis, I have a short memory too.