Posts Tagged ‘ extremism ’

Naya Zamana Editor Threatened By Jihadi Militants

Jun 19th, 2014 | By | Category: Urdu Media

The editor of progressive Urdu monthly magazine Naya Zamana, Lahore, Mohammad Shoaib Adil, has reportedly been receiving life threats from religious militants for publishing the autobiography of a retired Lahore High Court judge, Muhammad Islam Bhatti, seven years ago.  These militants have also submitted an application for registration of a blasphemy case against the editor, […]



Ansar Abbasi Twists Facts, History In Defence of Militants

Aug 20th, 2012 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, The News

In his latest piece for The News (Jang Group), Ansar Abbasi requests “home-grown solutions to Talibanisation” – something many people would probably agree with. Unfortunately, he then goes on to spread a mixture of misinformation and pro-militancy which undermines his original thesis, suggesting that Ansar Abbasi’s “solution” to Talibanisation is actually to embrace it. Abbasi […]



Yawar Abbas: Is the media fanning extremism?

Mar 24th, 2011 | By | Category: Uncategorized

The following thought provoking column by Yawar Abbas raises several excellent points for examination. The piece was originally published in Daily Times on 24 March 2011 and is re-posted here for your consideration. The assassination of Salmaan Taseer at the hands of a religious zealot threw open the debate over the media’s role in encouraging […]



Meher Bokhari and the Future of Pakistani Media

Jan 25th, 2011 | By | Category: PEMRA, Samaa TV

Meher Bokhari’s story should be a permanent fixture in journalism school as a warning to those future media stars who might be tempted to sacrifice all consideration of ethics, responsibility, and the safety of others for a boost in ratings and personal careers. The final chapter in Bokhari’s story has not been written, though, and […]



We MUST have fatwas issued against terrorism!

Dec 8th, 2009 | By | Category: The News

In the “Opinion” section of “The News International” one will find an absolutely baffling piece entitled “Rawalpindi carnage.” Though I truly believe the author, Mir Jamilur Rahman, did a great job of emphasizing the vast amounts of work that needs to be done for national security, the baffling points he makes regarding fatwas beg to […]



Pakistani Journalist Kamran Shafi Threatened, Shot At

Dec 2nd, 2009 | By | Category: Uncategorized

In more evidence of the growing threat to free media in Pakistan, veteran journalist Kamran Shafi’s house was strafed with gunfire over the weekend. The shooting comes after repeated threats to Mr. Shafi’s life by telephone and warnings to him not to continue writing about security in Pakistan. Police report that they have made no […]



Pakistan’s conspiracy theories

Nov 21st, 2009 | By | Category: Uncategorized

If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, then … anyone who tells you it is a duck must be hiding something. So goes the logic of conspiracy theories which are gaining increasing currency in Pakistan because of the wave of gun and bomb attacks in its towns and cities. […]



Threats to Journalists Threaten Press Freedom

Nov 16th, 2009 | By | Category: Dawn, The Nation

Threats to the safety of journalists represent a serious problem in Pakistan, and the danger journalists face in our country has resulted in a respected international NGO ranking press freedom in Pakistan below Afghanistan and Zimbabwe. Unfortunately, some people like Ahmed Quraishi are trying to defend these threats. Reporters Without Borders recent 2009 Press Freedom […]



The heart desire's more!

Nov 3rd, 2009 | By | Category: Uncategorized

Another fantastic argument by Agha Haider Raza Looking at the past week, one can see how resilient Pakistanis have become.  Suffering numerous suicide bomb attacks and wide-spread military action, we are here yet again, still standing.  But how long can we sustain ourselves at this current rate of demolition? How many times will we resist […]



Ahmed Rashid on the Purpose of Waziristan Offensive

Oct 29th, 2009 | By | Category: Uncategorized

In Ahmed Rashid’s latest piece “Waziristan or Bust,” the renowned Pakistani journalist and author of Descent into Chaos: The United States and the Failure of Nation Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia, grapples with the immense pressure Pakistan faces to succeed in its Waziristan offensive. “The success of the offensive could be critical for […]



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