Strange rumors are on the rise these days, with many circles criticizing media for inciting a military coup. A recent incident that involved kidnapping and torture of a reporter was also given the same justification by the kidnappers. However, the reality is not what it seems. Medias role in restoration of judiciary and democracy has been instrumental. It is so highly regarded that some consider it as an important pillar of the society or a watchdog that guards the interests of the population. Basically the antidemocratic forces are trying to create conspiracies so that the whole nation turns against the democratic elected government. Media provides a voice to the voiceless and a platform to those who want to serve the interests of the nation, so how come it can go against the government or trying to incite a coup? I believe the whole nation is now more aware than ever before and those who are alleging the media for playing a negative role would soon hide away. ZULFIQAR HAIDER, Islamabad, September 8.