Well, at least we’ve banned YouTube

By: Zaair Hussain I had been considering writing on this topic for a while, but I foolishly believed it to be ‘trivial’ or ‘unimportant’, or even ‘so incredibly stupid that my brain hurt to dwell on it for more than a moment’. But our elected leadership and our guardians of justice have managed to open …

Freedom of information

Transparency Access

The Right to Information (RTI) Ordinance is the first major accomplishment of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-led coalition government in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P). The only such law in the country, the RTI paves the way for a more transparent and vibrant democracy where citizens have access to all government documents and can monitor the expenditure of their …

Discipline and freedom of speech

THIS is with reference to Karam A. Siddiqui’s letter ‘PAF: discipline and quality’ (March 7). A modern air force needs to review its concepts of ‘discipline’ and ‘equality’. Discipline should not stop someone from thinking independently as ‘yesmanship’ creates stagnation in an organisation. Freedom of expression is one’s right, whereas taking decisions is commanders’ privilege. …

Balochistan and journalists

By: Muhammad Akbar Notezai The issue of the killings of Balochistan’s journalists is neither being paid heed to internationally nor nationally In Balochistan, journalists are susceptible to danger because of their honest and brave reporting in the restive province. Moreover, there are many journalists who have quit performing their journalistic duties. This is the reason …

Free expression

By: Farooq Sulehria The post-modernist dictatorship over media scholarship 1980s onwards has banalised journalistic narratives. While important issues – for instance debate over media imperialism – have been trivialised, trifles have been assigned centrality in the media discourses. In recent years and months, we have seen the consequences of this banality. Kerfuffle over an anti-Islam …