Right to information

By: Zeeba T Hashmi There are two factors that directly change the perception of an individual in a given society: the environment and their relativity to it in terms of dignity, quality of life and sense of responsibility. Unless it is realised, a healthy democracy cannot take shape. There is, however, a constant tussle between …

A ‘compliant’ alternative to YouTube

By: Farooq Baloch KARACHI: The restriction on youtube.com is into its third year but uncertainty on when and how it would be unblocked and divide on justifications behind the sanction continue to hover around the world’s largest video sharing website. Islamabad banned the social video-sharing platform on September 17, 2012 after its parent company Google …

Journalists heading media outlets killed since 1914

By: Sabir Shah LAHORE: While the autopsy report of Maria Golovnina, the Pakistan and Afghanistan Bureau chief for foreign news wire “Reuters,” strengthens the common belief that this terrorism-hit country has been a dangerous working place for foreign bureau chiefs, research shows that it has been equally unsafe for their local counterparts, a good number …

Pakistani university helps traumatized journalists

Mental health carries a stigma in Pakistan, but one team is fighting the taboo to help journalists traumatized by their work covering the front line of the country’s battle with terrorists. Mental health carries a stigma in Pakistan, but one team is fighting the taboo to help journalists traumatized by their work covering the front …

Gauging media freedom

THE report released on Thursday by Reporters Sans Frontières reminds us that politics around the world today has inevitably taken a heavy toll on media freedoms, squeezing both the public’s right to know and journalists’ duty to inform. “Press freedom … is in retreat in all five continents,” said the RSF 2015 World Press Freedom …

Quetta Press Club receives threatening letter

ISLAMABAD: Quetta Press Club has received a threatening letter from little-known terror outfit Fidayan-e-Islam, demanding that entry of Christian members of the club should be banned. Khalil Ahmad, the club’s Secretary Finance, told JournalismPakistan.com that a First Information Report (FIR) has also been lodged with the police. “They (Fidayan-e-Islam) said the Christian members of the …