Criticise but do not manipulate, Altaf warns media

KARACHI: Criticising TV anchorpersons in a vehement tone, and accusing them of spreading outrageous propaganda against the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), the party’s chief Altaf Hussain warned them of dire consequences. “You have the right to criticise, but not manipulate or spread lies against the sons of those who created Pakistan,” hesaid referring to mediapersons, …

Journalist thrashed by PPP activists

HYDERABAD: Armed activists of the PPP allegedly roughed up and injured the Hyderabad bureau chief of daily Awami Awaz, Imtiaz Chandio, and his brother Irshad Chandio at Fateh Chowk on Monday. They were also held hostage for one hour. Imtiaz Chandio told Dawn that he and his brother were covering a sit-in organised by the …

One journalist killed, two injured in suicide blast

Tariq Aslam, sub-editor of Urdu-Language newspaper “Daily Pakistan” died while Azhar Ali Shah, news editor of same paper and Ihtisham Khan, reporter of “Express News” television station were wounded in a suicide bomb attack on a political rally on April 16, 2013 in Peshawar, the capital city of northwestern province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhuwa. According to press …

ECP rejects columnist Ayaz Amir’s nomination papers

Sajjad Haider KARACHI: The Election Commission has rejected the nomination papers of renowned columnist and Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) leader Ayaz Amir ‘for writing against the ideology of Pakistan’ in his columns. District Returning Officer (DRO) Ch Anwer Ahmed Khan also summoned Amir to appear before court by April 6. Eyewitnesses said local …

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. …

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 …