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Musharraf And The Media – Ayaz Amir

What exactly is our problem when it comes to discussing the status of the media? Do we suffer from short memories? Or are we purposely selective with the truth? The Pakistani media today is more electronic than print…meaning to say that the…

The Un-Indian TV – Farooq Sulehria

Post-modernists have aggressively peddled a myth in recent decades that globalisation has delivered the end of media imperialism. Until the 1980s, media imperialism was an important debate. It referred to western domination of the media in…

In Cricket As In Life – Najam Sethi

When I accepted responsibility for setting the Pakistan Cricket Board right, friends variously described it as “a crown of thorns” and “a pit of snakes”. Certainly, there’s no dearth of critics, especially when the cricket team is not…

dollar6 billion TV

Uncritical media scholars, Indian as well as western, keep delineating a rosy picture when it comes to India’s media and entertainment (M&E) industry. They are mystified by mind-boggling statistics. The Indian M&E sector, worth…

Fear Of Books

Puritans have been unnecessarily incensed by the global bestseller, ‘I am Malala’, Malala Yousafzai’s biography. Thanks to the legacy left behind by General Ziaul Haq, we no longer waste time reading books. According to a survey carried out…

Return To Nature

The Wild Network is a group comprising hundreds of organisations committed to ending what is termed as a ‘nature deficit disorder’ in children. The group has come together to raise awareness about the increasing disconnect from nature,…

Not So Independent

Since the liberalisation of the airwaves, the term ‘independent media’ has been assigned to commercially-run TV channels. Ironically, many such channels spew anti-US venom ad infinitum without realising that the commercial model – unlike…

Absurdistan

Once upon a time, not that very long ago; in a land so familiar it could be right here, yet so far away that it is not even a real place; too many troubled souls were having a sleepless night. Stewing in their own personal bouts of angst…

Put Up Or Shut Up

A TRICKLE of information has started to flow about the all-party sanctioned and military-backed talks with the Tehreek-i-Taliban Palcistan (TTP). Rana Sanaullah, the Punjab minister and one of the beacons of the governing PML-N, told the…

Crucial To Justice

IN the investigation and prosecution of crime, particularly the more serious and complex forms of organised crime, it is essential that witnesses, the cornerstone for successful investigation and prosecution, have trust in the criminal…