The Fourth Pillar

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lately labelled the media as the fourth pillar of the state, echoing the views of the Irish statesman, author and political theorist Edmund Burke, who in 1787 coined the term in a parliamentary debate on the opening up of press reporting in the House of Commons. Mr. Nawaz Sharif . . . → Read More: The Fourth Pillar

TTP’s need for media presence

Ever since its creation in December 2007, Pakistan’s most vicious terrorist group the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has been at odds with the country’s mainstream media. At times coalescing and often intimidating, particularly against journalists whose parent companies would deny space for the TTP propaganda. Ironically, in the absence of stringent enforcement of regulations of the . . . → Read More: TTP’s need for media presence

#PAFisTooCool – Is that Tom Cruise?

Remember going gaga over Tom Cruise in Top Gun? Perfectly coiffed and impeccably uniformed Lt Pete Mitchell aka Maverick. Didn’t he take our breaths away?

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Democracy based on image instead of ideas?

After the assassination of Benazir Bhutto in 2007, her son Bilawal had calmed down the enraged Pakistan People’s Party workers by telling them that his mother had taught him that “Democracy is the best revenge”. Democracy did return to the country the next year – and in a mellowed form, but only to the extent . . . → Read More: Democracy based on image instead of ideas?

Electronic Media Paradox

Media wars have resurfaced with a vengeance in Pakistan after the New York Times’ investigative report on Axact-a Karachi based software company created ripples across IT and media industry. While the central allegations on the IT company calling itself Pakistan’s largest software exporter are under investigation, this report has proved to be a . . . → Read More: Electronic Media Paradox

RAW activities in Pakistan

In an article titled ‘Why Does Pakistan Accuse Indian Spies of Terrorism’ Mr Michael Kugelman of the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC comes out strongly in support of India’s intelligence agency RAW and blames Pakistan’s military for the whole business of blaming a fresh smelling rose like RAW for foul and rotten . . . → Read More: RAW activities in Pakistan

A lighter side of discrimination against Muslims

A Muslim woman claimed this week that she was discriminated against on a plane, because the flight attendant was apparently worried she could use a soda can as a weapon. Well, Jon Stewart decided it was a good opportunity to help show Muslims how to better assimilate in America.

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What has Pakistani media achieved from Axact attack

(By Khurshid Akhtar Khan) All last week, our news media has been frantically obsessed with the single news – Fake diplomas, Real Cash: Pakistani company Axact reaps millions. Based on a report in TheNew York Times (NYT) of 17 May, by Declan Walsh assisted by Sarah Farid, the media has projected an impression of the . . . → Read More: What has Pakistani media achieved from Axact attack

Mubashir Luqman on Axact scandal and Bol TV nework

Mubashir Luqman unedited audio recording on Axact issue

Wajahat S Khan – Blind to the obvious

Wajahat S. Khan sent me an email with this heartfelt piece on his recent experience with the ” the all-consuming, thankless revolving door that is Pakistani broadcast media”. He rightly complains about his seniors and colleagues in the industry. I am reproducing his email that was sent with the article:

“Hey, Champ: Wrote this three . . . → Read More: Wajahat S Khan – Blind to the obvious