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Hamid Mir

The Pakistani Friends and the Foes of the New York Times

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 05.22.2016 | Media
Malik Siraj Akbar

The battle between BOL and the Tribune is not for the supremacy of independent journalism. It is, unfortunately, a competition between two media groups to prove who is the real darling of the Pakistani military.

The Revival of Military Supremacy

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 03.02.2015 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

In the wake of the Peshawar massacre, Legislators in Pakistan are contemplating a constitutional amendment to authorize army officers to administer courts. Military courts are contrary to the fundamental idea and the core principles of democracy.

One Pen and Six Bullets

Marium Chaudhry | Posted 07.08.2014 | Media
Marium Chaudhry

At 5:13 p.m. on April 19 this year, I was sitting in my car when I got a text message from Mir. Two years after our first hello, I had become Mir's producer for special shows he hosted when he came to Karachi. My phone pinged and the message read: "I'm attacked."

The Rise and Fall of Pakistan's Independent News Media

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 06.28.2014 | Media
Malik Siraj Akbar

What we have seen during the past few days on Pakistan's media landscape cautions us not to be overly optimistic about the future of that country's "vibrant" news media. There is still a long way to go.

Mounting Tensions Between Pakistan Media and Military

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 06.24.2014 | Media
Malik Siraj Akbar

With the accusations about the I.S.I's involvement in another plot against a journalist, the failed assassination attempt has transformed into a major national debate in Pakistan about the army's hostile relationship with the media and desperate attempts to strangulate dissenting voices.

How the Taliban Turned Against Pakistan's Right-Wing Journalists

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 02.03.2013 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

Pakistan has announced a reward of 50 million rupees (approximately $520,000) for anyone with information about people involved in a failed plot to assassinate a renowned television journalist last week in Islamabad, the nation's capital.

How a Top Pakistani Journalist Encouraged a Militant Commander to Kill a Former Official

Abdulhadi Hairan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Abdulhadi Hairan

It was long speculated that Pakistani journalist had ties with militant networks in the country and had an important role in promoting extremism and militancy in Afghanistan and Pakistan.