The talk show dilemma

The attacks on Raza Rumi and Hamid Mir speak volumes for the risks embedded in being an analyst or an anchorperson in Pakistan. The accusing finger is pointed at various potential attackers or conspirators ranging from the Taliban to the intelligence agencies. However, there is another side of the picture. Rumi is a prolific writer …

Hamid Mir & Media Ethics

media houses collaboration

The shooting of the high profile journalist and TV personality Hamid Mir on Saturday, led as it rightly should have, to a frenzy in the media. The news channel, Geo News, to which Mir belongs was the frontrunner in reporting after the incident. In a country where the narrative on democracy is newly maturing, the …

Reporting under threat

media freedom

If there is a bomb blast, there will be two kinds of people running towards the bombsite rather than away from it: the police and the media. Both have lost their lives due to the nature of their jobs. While the Pakistani police are still unsung and uncared for, the dangers to the Pakistani media …

Dangerous times

Four months after the US-led attack on Afghanistan, Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was abducted in Karachi and beheaded. That was only the first of a large number of murders of journalists we were to see in the coming years. Till a few years ago, no one in the Pakistani media could believe that …

Media and the inept Balochistan government

By: Ejaz Haider The cabinet-less Balochistan government, as effective as a blindfolded man walking down a busy highway, decided this week to lodge a First Information Report against a private TV channel for airing a video of how the self-styled Balochistan Liberation Army goons destroyed the Quaid’s Residency in Ziarat. But this isn’t all. The …