We need to first distinguish whether the medium in question is television, radio,
print or the internet.
The television media is mostly run by corporate sponsorship or political backing.
These stations will spout the vision and values of the persons with the controlling
interest. Rarely will they be able to report independently and thus the only misuse
of the freedom is toeing a certain line and not being free to broadcast at will.
The radio stations are controlled by state or corporate funding. Where there are
a few independent radio stations, their target audience is limited to certain geographic
areas and the news dissemination is also likewise limited to the areas in question.
In many states, the major newspapers and magazines are published with state backing
or by families and organizations allied with the political parties. The information
from these papers will toe the respective party lines. Where established independent
newspapers exist, many of the editorial boards of these papers have made a conscious
decision not to alienate the powers that be.
The internet is another matter altogether. Established websites of all the major
networks and independent media as well as countless individual websites and blogs
compete for the fickle attention of the web surfers from all over the globe. The
internet is the media source that is truly independent and there is the definite
possibility that many of the individual websites may be misusing their freedom to
publish at will. On the positive side, numerous independent websites, without any
strings attached, have created forums for the frank exchange of ideas and knowledge.
This can only be considered a positive phenomenon.