Dawn Leaks issue was an international agenda, says Dawn CEO Hameed Haroon
When interviewer Stephen Sackur asked Mr Haroon about his recent write-up in a foreign media outlet in which he said there is an unprecedented assault by military on freedom of press, he said:
“This has been about two years in the making, but in the last three months the intensification is major. All attempts have been made to mop up critical and independent media.”
The interviewer contradicted him, saying, “But Dawn’s still publishing and able to give an independent voice to the coverage of elections.
This notion of yours that something truly critical to the future of democracy seems to be flying in the face of evidence on the ground and I’m reminded of that phrase in the English language Never make perfect the enemy of good.
May be things aren’t perfect in Pakistan’s democracy today but if they are better than they have been in the past maybe that’s what celebrating.”
At this, Mr Haroon said, “It would be wrong to say that things are better than they would have been in the past. One could dangerously assume that things are not as bad as they might be.”