Media in Pakistan (1988-1999) an Overview


  • Qurat-ul-Ain BashiR


The freedom of media is a substantial responsibility that a democratic government has to fulfill. Each government in Pakistan from 1988 to 1999 has attempted to curb this freedom. Violence against journalists has been reported time and again. The relationship between media and government plays a key role in informing people about the performance of the government. As representative of the people the government is responsible to them in a democratic set up, but governments have generally described stories against the performace of governments, or role of opposition as yellow journalism. The study presents the status of press in this decade by means of published and in person interviews of politicians who were part of policy making. The writings of important journalists are incorporated as well.