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Is there a stop-line for media freedom?
Since a good number of Egyptians are being provided with livelihood in countries like the UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, they have to lead the campaign for releasing the journalists behind the bars, in Egypt.

These countries have been supporting the Egyptian populace in various ways. Although the rulers of the Middle East are autocrats and not in favor of promoting dissident voices, they are far ahead in influencing the other Islamic governments in and around them.

Any group that comes to power in the Middle East and Africa nurtures nepotism and hence a judicial system tends to remain corrupted. It's absolute power that leads to absolute corruption, reminding the validity of the famous saying of Lord Acton.

They stand against freedom of expression and declare the pillars of the Fourth Estate detrimental to their unrestrained growth. As they are not democratic in their nature they consider these journalistic activities are uncalled for and no more to be considered essentials of life. For the rulers, such activities are not conducive to their belief and standing against the ‘Islamic way of thinking’ in their versions. Media for them are holes that pilfer their strength and making it vulnerable for them to sustain.

That's the reason the three journalists happened to be termed as conspirators and terrorists. In many of the countries that have Islamic autocracy, press has only a freedom till the lines drawn by their governments. Anything that crosses the ‘limit’ is seriously dealt with. Many of the decisions are not to be challenged in apex courts, if at all there is any. But countries like the UAE and Bahrain are at least in certain things seem to have had a little modern approach and voice over other nations around. Besides, oil-rich areas have a power that can command to a certain extent.

Journalists invariably do not stand in favor of excesses or high-handedness, but in turn find solace and pride in bringing the truth out.

The trials are, by and large, nonsensical and verdicts are predetermined in rulers' favor, in many of those countries. The judges are also under tremendous pressure to stand for the rulers lest they would get deprived of their rights and life. And for journalists, standing against injustice would easily get translated as conspiracy against existing regimes and against their whims.

A serious drive has to be launched against the current Egyptian regime from the sides of the Western democracies to get Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed freed at the earliest from the Egyptian torture. Examples are better than precepts and we all expect a strong action against the injustice carried on with them who did their duty towards the fellow mankind. 

It’s crystal clear that Fahmy and his colleagues are neither members nor sympathizers of Muslim Brotherhood, as accused by their government. It’s not their cup of tea also to be in the side of anyone, but to bring out the truth and thereby uphold the right of the world to know.

It's quite distressing to note that Stephen Harper's office did not take up the matter with its due prominence. It’s sad that Canada has not registered its due concern over Mohamed Fahmy, one of its citizens. Is it because the PM’s office considers the matter less important than the many burning issues they encounter these days? When countries like the US came forward publicly deploring the action taken by Egyptian government, where does Canada stand with its Multicultural legacies they proclaim?

So, a concerted stand and effort by a group of strong nations would certainly pressurize the Egyptian rulers to review the situation and to precipitate the best in terms of the whole mankind. The journalists’ duty and courage to go all the hog to get information for the sake of public are to be honored and preserved by all means.

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