What we have seen during the past few days on Pakistan's media landscape cautions us not to be overly optimistic about the future of that country's "vibrant" news media. There is still a long way to go.
The failure to ensure the freedom of expression has emerged as the greatest pitfall of Pakistan's current democratic system. The civilian government is too fragile to prevent the army and the intelligence agencies from banning newspaper sites.
Despite all criticism, the future of a democratic Pakistan largely hinges on the media. While in some countries free press has emerged from a democratic system, in Pakistan, on the contrary, democracy emerged in 2008 out of a free media.
Politicians negotiating positions, impassioned youth taking to the streets, public debate about important issues -- these are the signs that the people of Pakistan have embraced democracy, not that they are turning it away.