This government doesn’t deserve any credit for lifting the suspension of Prime TV’s broadcasting licence 5 days earlier.
No matter how much they try to disguise it, the suspension of Prime TV’s broadcasting licence was not only tyrannical but also an extremely foolish decision.
What have they achieved other than showing us their true colours – tyrants, dictators?
In addition to this, their conditions for lifting the suspension of Prime TV’s broadcasting licence amount to censorship, intimidation.
And it doesn’t make sense for them to be
dismayed by “certain sectors of society” that criticised their decision to suspend Prime TV’s broadcasting licence without reaching out to them to fully understand the breaches of the law that led to the suspension of the station. It was an unjustifiable tyrannical decision and that is why they have lifted it. It’s not out of Compassion or mercy; these are heartless elements.
The one’s who deserve credit and respect are the owners and staff of Prime TV who stood their ground, refusing to prostitute themselves over a broadcasting licence. They have gotten back their broadcasting licence without sacrificing a single principle.
Thanking them for lifting this suspension will be like thanking a jailer when he frees you after locking you up unjustifiably and illegally.
But what this government should learn is that censorship is a double-edged sword that, if used the wrong way, can be harmful to the one at the tip of the blade and the one who is holding the sword. So it is an idea that should be considered carefully and fairly.
All this is aimed at changing the independent editorial line of Prime TV and make it part of the Patriotic Front parrots.
We know that if you want to control someone, all you have to do is to make them feel afraid.
Theodore Roosevelt said,
“If you’ve got them by the balls, their hearts and minds will follow.”
Prime TV has demonstrated sufficient independence and courage. And independent and courageous people are often found either disagreeable or intimidating by mediocrities.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky said,
“Whoever has experienced the power and the unrestrained ability to humiliate another human being automatically loses his own sensations. Tyranny is a habit, it has its own organic life, it develops finally into a disease. The habit can kill and coarsen the very best man or woman to the level of a beast. Blood and power intoxicate … the return of the human dignity, repentance and regeneration becomes almost impossible.”
The one thing that is truly ugly is the climate of intimidation, created by a powerful few who control state power, which makes the decent majority reluctant to air in public their views on anything controversial. And it is said that where all pretend to be thinking alike, it’s likely that no one is thinking at all.
Confident and proficient people are virtually impossible for a bully to intimidate in any environment.
And not being intimidated has the power to intimidate.
If the only way for you to get people to do your bidding is through force or intimidation, you are neither a leader nor a boss: you are an idiot.
It is not possible to be seduced by the lure of ego-gratification or intimidated by the tyranny of imposters when we know that we are as the angels.
What these people don’t realise is that when you browbeat people who disagree with you into silence – because they don’t want to be called this and that, whatever – their silence will create for you the illusion that you’re winning. But it’s just an illusion – an illusion you find so intoxicating that you’re completely unprepared when the moment of truth comes and you lose.
Is human dignity and human life so cheap that the rights protecting it can be traded away to appease the appetite for intimidation and prejudice of a vicious and self-centered group – for whatever reason, power or politics?
Israelmore Ayivor said,
“Telling the truth to yourself is Integrity; Telling the truth to others is Honesty; Telling the truth with no fear or intimidation is Bravity and being free from falsehood is Purity!”
Again, Prime TV has come out the winner in all this drama. It is said that what doesn’t kill you strengthens you.