Today, I am here, forced by the students to write on the blog. I will try to make my note as precise as possible. I hope you’d read the full text and understand the context.
Controversy: Article related to “NUST H-12 vs Military campuses” –
We accept that the approach used by the author was harsh but it was not Unethical. The way you guys responded back, started targeting the author personally with family and personal abuses was all unethical and cannot be tolerated in any case. Therefore the comments were switched off.
We have been providing One Platform for all the NUSTians since more than a year now. This is NOT just one article that was published on iRnustian blog about any Military College. There have been dozens of articles published about Military Colleges on the blog that has given a real positive image of not only the Military colleges but also NUST as a whole; here I mention few of them:
- NUST AT SHELL ECO MARATHON 2011
- NERC 2011 Concludes on a High Note
- National Engineering Robotic Competition ’11 – (NERC)
- EME NUST and National ICT R&D Fund jointly organizing ICT-COMPPEC
- Compec 2011 is here
- How To Identify An EMEnent
- Voice from MIT — NUST Alumnus
- EME bags LUMS Psi Fi’11
- Egg Drop Competition
Aren’t all the articles mentioned above giving a positive image of EME or any Military College of NUST? Then why there was nobody to appreciate such effort of us? Why there is nobody to appreciate our work and there is everybody to criticize?
Today, we witnessed a “Boycott iRnustian” message on facebook for the very 1st time in our history just because of one article. Students asked us to remove the article or otherwise they will unsubscribe from our News Feed. Brothers/ Sisters, we are on a platform, a platform for you guys, a platform for all NUSTIANS! A podium where you can express your views and opinions, a blog which has always provided you a space to market your event without any cost, a platform which has guided you to choose best of the best option for deciding your discipline before entering NUST to the extent of explaining about individual campuses, their grading system etc. We received wall posts and messages today that we are biased towards civilian campuses of NUST. Is there any justification to it? This statement is only justified if we allow civilian students express their views and opinions and stop military campus students to do the same. But as mentioned before, we are a platform for all the NUSTIANS! There is NO EME, PNEC, MCS, H-12, MCE, CAE in iRnustian. All of you guys have equal opportunity to express yourself here on iRnustian blog.
Journalism is not about bringing up only positive side of the picture. It is all about bringing both the positives and negatives sides of it. We have been focusing on bringing both the sides of pictures of NUST from the very 1st day. If you guys feel happy on reading something Good about your campus, then you must have enough guts to bear and respond to something bad about your campus as well (limiting yourself within the basic ethical boundaries).
Keeping in view our motto of “.. my words speak” – The above mentioned article has been Temporarily restricted. It will get restored after few amendments – We believe in freedom of expression, but not by crossing boundaries of common ethics.
In the future, such articles under “Expression” category will keep on publishing. We will try our best to bring up controversial issues with a positive approach.
We believe in respect for individuality, favor positive criticism and freedom of expression! NUST is our alma mater and it’s the only reason for which we are here and are proud to be called as the NUSTians.