Daily Archives: June 25, 2008
Nazly Cassim says… Politicians and journalists are two important groups of people in a country. The former to run the nation and the latter to pen on the trend of their ruling. Politicians, whether literate or illiterate, are elected by the people while journalists are selected by employers only if they are educated and knowledgeable.
Politicians are powerful but the power of the journalist’s pen is unparalleled. Politicians are inconvincible but journalists are corrigible. Most politicians are formidable but journalists are amiable. Politicians have foes and journalists have friends.
The above should be borne in mind when anyone tries or plans to assail or assassinate media men. Often politicians both in the ruling and opposition parties cannot tolerate when articles relating to corruption or their atrocities are published.
The police too have their own follies. Their treatment of some suspects are contrary to law and this is done specially at the behest of politicians.
In the media too there may be journalists who write in favour of the party that they support. But a good journalist should be impartial, and present the facts to the people for them to arrive at a conclusion of their own.
Whatever it is, the pen of the journalist is mightier than the power of any politician.
Similarly the people’s vote is very powerful. It is the vote of the people which decides who is going to come to power and who is going to lose.