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BBC tax raids put India press freedom in spotlight

Just weeks after the BBC aired a documentary examining Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s role in deadly 2002 sectarian riots, tax inspectors descended on the broadcaster’s offices. Modi’s Hindu nationalist…

Shakespeare On The BBC

Shakespeare on the BBC

My first close encounter with Shakespeare came when I was a first year student at Karachi University in the early Sixties, and a couple of young lecturers decided to stage…

A fresh start

The unimaginable has happened. Ishaq Dar, the architect of clumsy choices at Pakistan’s finance ministry, has finally been replaced by a new finance minister. But the removal of Dar who…

Saying it with bricks

What options does an ordinary man have in this country to find redress for the wrongs he suffers in his daily existence? For anyone who has observed the situation that…

How to be a journalist

During my recent visit to Karachi, I attended the Sixth International Conference ‘State of the Media 2023’ at Greenwich University (GU). It took me back to the 1990s when I…

Who is responsible for climate refugees? Part – II

Tuvalu, Kiribati, and the Maldives have been suffering from the devastating impact of climate change. Experts predict that these countries will be underwater in 2050. Internal displacement is not possible…

Legoland

Michael Dobbs is an author and British Conservative politician. Made a life peer, he got the title of Lord Dobbs of Wylye. As the then prime minister Margaret Thatcher’s chief…

The power of protest

In July last year, eight columnists of The New York Times made confessions about what they had been wrong about. This was apparently an editorial assignment. Anyhow, I found one ‘mea culpa’…

Palestinian voices

Like many of us, I’ve been glued to media coverage of the terrible violence in Gaza and Israel. I was deeply shaken by the brutal killings of over 1,000 Israelis…