Category Archives: Opinion

Their Master’s Voice

Hamid Mir I still remember the day when an English daily newspaper, owned by late Salman Taseer, the former governor of Punjab, ran a front-page…

Trauma And Afghan Journalists

By Iqbal Khattak Violence indicators were soon emerged as I stepped out of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, capital of war-battered Afghanistan, trying to…

Attack On Karachi Press Club

By Ghulam Mustafa Whenever the history of Pakistan’s democracy is drafted, name of Karachi Press Club (KPC) will be penned with golden ink. Journalists, supporting…

Meeting Sabeen The First Time

Iqbal Khattak Before reaching The Second Floor – T2F – I was somehow unwilling to travel through some of the more dangerous routes while leaving…

Bangladesh New ICT Law Curtails Free Speech Online

Saleem Samad A secular and democratic Bangladesh has promulgated a new draconian law Information and Communication Technology (ICT) (Amendment) Ordinance-2013 which empowers law enforcers to…

The Question Of Intentions

When it came to media, it seems that former ruler, General Pervez Musharraf, lacked prudence and invested in quick fixes — a seemingly inoperable Right…

Am I a traitor?

There are two types of traitors. The first type joins hands with foreign enemies and helps enslave his own people. Among the most prominent names…

Reporting From Hell

Media in Pakistan entered 2014 under the old threat to journalists’ lives. Caught in bloody crossfire between blind state power and extremist terror, journalism has…

Missing Link Between Ethics & Safety

The buzz about journalists’ safety is louder now than ever before as serious threats continue to originate and impact from all sides in Pakistan with…

Unannounced Censorship In Pakistan

Exclusive Blog for Freedom Network   “Don’t try to become a journalist. It’s a dangerous profession in Pakistan”. These were the words of my late…

Killing The News To Stay Alive

It is not easy to be a journalist in Pakistan’s volatile southwestern province Baluchistan.   More than two dozen journalists have either been killed in…

We Are Killing Journalists

Investigative journalist Ali K. Chishti had a nightmare in Karachi on evening of August 30, 2013. He had been traumatized after being roughed up for…

Internet Surveillance In Pakistan

Tanvir Siddiqui (Not real name) calls himself a hacktavist (Hacking activist). He is the kind of geeky young man from Karachi who hacks into computer…