A discussion on an internet forum has prompted me to write the following: no one can deny the power of the media, which has been termed as the fourth pillar of the state, after the parliament, executive and the judiciary. And who gives it such a power? The Kalum Kaars. It is, thus, of utmost importance that the main architects of this fourth pillar of the state make it stand firmly and stoically on the fair bastions of honesty, impartiality and truthfulness. If not, the media will be nothing more than a propaganda organ of interested paymasters. -COL (Retd) RIAZ JAFRI, Rawalpindi, via e-mail, July 8.