Freedom of speech & sovereignty

AS a spokesperson for the US State Department, Victoria Nuland has every right to speak on behalf of the US government and suggest that there are better and more cost-effective ways than implementing Pakistan-Iran pipeline project to meet Pakistan’s energy needs. However, since Pakistan is a sovereign and independent country and also a UN member, …

Safety first

THAT Pakistan is considered amongst the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists is hardly surprising. Journalists have faced threats, they have been harassed and attacked by elements ranging from criminals and terrorists to state institutions and governments. Meanwhile, as the country has been sucked into a vortex of violence, too many journalists have …

Martyred newsmen remembered

QUETTA: A condolence reference was held at the Quetta Press Club on Saturday to pay homage to three journalists, including Saifur Rehman Baloch reporter of Samaa TV, Imran Sheik cameraman and Muhammad Iqbal photographer of NNI who were martyred in twin bomb blasts at Alamdar Road on January 10. The condolence reference was organised by …

A perilous place

The South Asia Media Monitor Report, 2012 makes sad reading. In the course of the last year, 25 media personnel were killed in the eight countries of the South Asian region, with Pakistan once again leading with 13 journalists losing their lives – slightly more than one a month, to say nothing of the hundreds …

YouTube ban

By: Yasser Latif Hamdani No state, modern or ancient, secular or religious, has successfully managed to exercise thought control on its citizens The big news this week in the business world is the decision by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the Google antitrust investigations. Holding that Google was not harming consumers in anyway, …

The saga of YouTube ban

The saga of YouTube outage in Pakistan is a classic case of starting over without a closure. Hence, the YouTube opening last Friday brought only ephemeral joys to those eagerly waiting after the Prime Minster himself reportedly annulled the move. Since Google didn’t oblige to PTA’s request to block the contents of the sacrilegious anti-Islam …