By Yusra Alvi
Karachi, Pakistan–THE United States claims that one of its top foreign policy initiatives is to spread democracy and freedom around the world. But a recent bill in the US Congress has led many to wonder whether the US wants to become one of the worldâ€™s biggest hindrances to media freedom.
Early December the US House of Representatives voted by an overwhelming majority to pass a bill in order to stop satellite TV channels from 17 Arab nations from being transmitted to American audiences due to their engagement in â€˜anti-American incitement to violenceâ€™.
In a Congress that cannot seem to agree on many burning issues â€” whether fixing the broken healthcare system or ways of dealing with the turbulent economic situation â€” the bill passed with 395 â€˜yesâ€™ votes, and only three dissenters.
The bill â€” known as House Resolution 2278 â€” has to pass many stages before it becomes a law, but it has shocked many for contradicting American support for free speech.
Airing of respectful disagreement with the policies of the US government is a part of the development process, which should be taken positively the US.