Rotten Apple of the Eye

Recently, Qari Yaqoob of Pakistan Defense Council (PDC), while speaking at the rally in Karachi, accused the media of following a Western agenda and warned of literally grave consequences, due to their sudden abstinence from coverage of events arranged and participated by the organization. In response a senior anchorperson Hamid Mir in his TV show...
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Media Literacy

Recently, on the call of student organization, various news channels have been shutdown in Baluchistan. The organization claims that this action has been taken as a protest, due to the lack of coverage and attention given to the situation in Baluchistan. We can debate the authenticity of this measure and to some this might seem...
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Irresponsible

A government spokesman in Islamabad termed U.S. Admiral Mike Mullens statement as “irresponsible”, in which he stated that the Pakistani Government had sanctioned Saleem Shahzad’s killing. One shudders to even think that this may be true; one prays that this is only be a misunderstanding. If this is true then it has defaced the nascent...
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You WILL NOT Silence Us

In a statement issued by Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), Taliban have issued a threat to target press clubs, throughout the country. It is apparently due to the presence of views critical of Taliban and their activities, within the media. While this threat not being new or unexpected, shows the intent of these barbarians to...
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Targeting Media

The target killing of a journalist, in the recent spree of firing incidents in Karachi, has been condemned by all quarters of the society. Wali Khan Babar was a 29 year old journalist working for a private TV channel. This appears to be a part of the tactics adopted by menacing elements, to stifle the...
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The power of Media – Mind it!

Strengthening democracy means strengthening all the state institutions, so that deliver to the needs and requirements of the times. Media, being the fourth pillar of the state comes in the same domain. IL-Pakistan has been continuously communicating to its respected audience the importance of a free, independent and responsible media. The whole judiciary Vs Executive...
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You are banned!

We as responsible citizens have always advocated media freedom and independence but have also highlighted that the element of responsibility has to be there. Pakistani Media is still young and agreed that it will take time to reach a certain level of maturity but it our responsibility to help media become more careful about not...
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Threats to a free media

A free, independent and responsible media has always been a legitimate demand of the people of Pakistan. This dream is yet to be materialized. Today Pakistan’s vibrant media faces many threats and incidents like Umar Cheema aren’t hidden from anyone. But with that the grieves threat is indeed the militants and the extremists who want...
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