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Pakistani Media

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.

The Media and the Taliban

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 03.21.2014 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

What appears to be a wave of violence against journalists in Karachi is actually a battle between the M.Q.M. and the Taliban for their survival. It is appalling that journalists are becoming the victims of this nasty battle.

Why Pakistanis Are Talking About Salman Rushdie Again

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Malik Siraj Akbar

While Rushdie may not even know what he has actually done this time to outrage that country's conservative commentators, Malala Yousafzai has indeed landed in hot water for even mentioning The Satanic Verses only once in her recently released autobiography.

The Crude Exuberance of Pakistani Talk Shows

Liaquat Ali Khan | Posted 09.07.2013 | World
Liaquat Ali Khan

The Pakistani talk shows, though exuberant, are for the most part crude, unruly, and uneducated, potentially as detrimental to the dissemination of quality ideas as are the savvy but highly filtered talk shows in the U.S. corporatist media.

Pakistan's Walter Cronkite Heads the Regional Government

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 06.02.2013 | Media
Malik Siraj Akbar

Pakistan's two mainstream political parties agreed to appoint renowned journalist Najam Sethi as the caretaker chief minister of the country's largest province of the Punjab.

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.

Sensational Shows Imperil the Future of Pakistan's Fledgling Broadcast Media

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 05.14.2012 | Media
Malik Siraj Akbar

Despite all criticism, the future of a democratic Pakistan largely hinges on the media. While in some countries free press has emerged from a democratic system, in Pakistan, on the contrary, democracy emerged in 2008 out of a free media.

Consensus, Not Conflict

Syed Yahya Hussainy | Posted 10.10.2011 | World
Syed Yahya Hussainy

Politicians negotiating positions, impassioned youth taking to the streets, public debate about important issues -- these are the signs that the people of Pakistan have embraced democracy, not that they are turning it away.

Pakistan Man Plans To Marry Two Women In 24 Hours

BBC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A Pakistani man's solution to the age-old dilemma of whether to embark on an arranged or a love marriage has captivated the country's media. Televisi...

Pakistan's Media Crucial In Fight Against Extremists

Madiha Sattar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

By Madiha Sattar, HuffingtonPost Contributor "So, it's not okay for women to be touched by male doctors but male executioners can hold hands and slap...