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The lost voice of journalism

Journalism has become a dangerous profession in Sindh. Out of the 11 journalists killed in the past few years, seven of them were from upper Sindh. Most recently, a vocal…

Inside the Red Zone: Saving journalism

Journalism in the digital age is a challenge that many established practitioners are struggling with. In Pakistan, this struggle manifests itself daily on newspapers pages and television screens as reporters,…

Rahimullah Yusufzai: journalism as war

WITH the passing away of Rahimullah Yusufzai ends an important phase in the reporting of imperialist wars in Afghanistan and the adjacent Pakhtun tribal areas. Despite his painful cancer treatment…

Journalism and the internet

IT is undeniable that the internet and social media have fundamentally changed the media landscape in the world in more ways than one. And as governments get eager to regulate…

Prof Tausif on journalism: Part – II

Prof Tausif Ahmed’s writings on journalism take us through the vicissitudes of this country and how journalists have endured hardships while fighting for the freedom of expression. One such article…

Journalism and textbooks: Part – II

The tragedy of textbooks by Dr A S Khurshid and Miskeen Hijazi is that you do get to read something about the history of journalism and that too mostly pre-Partition,…

Journalism: An Alternative History: Part IV

Journalism: an alternative history: Part IV

In this last part of the series we discuss three reports published in 2018, and one book by Dr Tauseef Ahmed Khan, ‘Pakistan mein sahafat ki mutabadil tareekh’ published in…

Journalism: An Alternative History: Part – II

Journalism: an alternative history: Part – II

Another good book on the alternative history of the media in the 1980s is ‘Mun Gharhat Aurat’ (Concocted woman) published in 1997. The Simorgh Collective of Lahore reviewed the presentation of women in the media during General Zia’s regime. Neelam Hussain, Nasreen Shah, Fareeda Sher, and others did the research that was translated into Urdu by Rubina Saigol. The Simorgh Collective had started this study in 1985 by observing the role of the media in projecting women during the years of General Zia’s Islamization programme which aimed at imposing obsolete ideas on society by legislative and media manipulation.…