All posts tagged: Media

Shallow Heroism

By Awaam Whenever some big event or some tragedy happens it exposes the national character of a nation. So has the Wednesday tragic plane crash has done. While the common people present around the crash site and the relatives of the victims reached there with an intention to help. The Pakistani government exhibited its usual uncoordinated and haphazard response to the calamity.  The passion of help and sympathy of the ordinary people show their characteristic of volunteerism. But the ill informed and misleading statements by the so called responsible officials on camera also show their shallow heroism.

The GlObal KaleidOscOpe…DunyaNama

The world is constantly changing at pace that often leaves us bewildered. There are astonishing breakthroughs in science, new discoveries in technology and innovative advancements in our ways of communication every day. However, where does Pakistan stand amidst all these new discoveries and developments? Are we following the world as it advances or have we lagged behind? The purpose of our new weekly section “Global kaleidoscope … DunyaNama” posted on our website is to know and analyse this. We want to bring our readers’ attention to the ways of our global world. Hence, by reflecting on the global discourses propagated in form of news, articles, blogs and researches we will attempt to create a holistic picture of worldly affairs in a given week and the possible implications for our own development. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ 8th Feb 2010 In today’s modern times we have a large plethora of information available to us, thanks to the worldwide web. Still, there were some articles that stood out. Some that forced us to think about where we’re headed. We plan to …

Pakistani comedians fight Taliban with humour

If the Taliban produced a soap opera, Pakistani comedy writer Younis Butt pondered one day, what would it be like? The love triangles would be impossible to understand, he thought, because all the women would be hidden behind burkas and no one would know which character was engaged in a heated tiff with another. An Islamic variety show would be equally absurd, he decided. With singing and dancing frowned upon, women covered from head-to-toe could only sit in a spotlight with their backs turned to the camera.

گھر نھیں بیٹھتی

وسعت اللہ خان بی بی سی اردو ڈاٹ کام، اسلام آباد پاکستان کی جن سرکاری اور نجی یونیورسٹیوں میں صحافت، ابلاغِ عامہ یا ملٹی میڈیا کے کورس پڑھائے جاتے ہیں ان میں لڑکیوں کی تعداد اگر لڑکوں سے زیادہ نہیں تو کم بھی نہیں۔ پھر ایسا کیوں ہے کہ اخبارات، خبررساں ایجنسیوں، ریڈیو اور ٹی وی چینلز پر مردوں کے مقابلے میں خواتین خال خال نظر آتی ہیں۔ کاش اے پی پی سمیت کسی سرکاری یا غیر سرکاری خبررساں ایجنسی کی سربراہ کبھی کوئی عورت نظر آئے۔ کبھی ریڈیو پاکستان کی ڈائریکٹر جنرل ہی کوئی عورت ہو۔پاکستان ٹیلی ویژن کی پینتالیس سالہ تاریخ میں صرف ایک عورت مینجنگ ڈائریکٹر اور ایک عورت ڈائریکٹر پروگرامز کے عہدے تک پہنچ پائی۔ صرف ایک خاتون ڈاکٹر ملیحہ لودھی ایک انگریزی اخبار کی ایڈیٹر بن سکی۔ آج تک ایسا کیوں ہے کہ کوئی عورت اس قابل نہ سمجھی گئی کہ کسی اردو یا علاقائی زبان کے اخبار کی ایڈیٹر بن سکے۔صرف ایک اردو ہفت روزہ اخبارِ خواتین ایسا تھا جس کی ایڈیٹر عورت تھی۔صرف دو سیاسی انگریزی ماہنامے ہیرلڈ …

For Every Decent Human Being

By Bilal Qureshi Isn’t it time? For every decent human being, it is sickening to see people being butchered the way human beings are slaughtered in Pakistan these days. Human life has no respect or value for barbaric animals responsible for these bombings and suicide attacks. And if the news of bombings and killing was not enough, I was horrified to learn that Lahore’s commissioner (incorrectly) blames India for these attacks while Punjab’s law minister (correctly) believes that the thugs being smoked out from Swat and Wazirstan are actually behind these attacks to force the government to back down. Isn’t it time for Pakistan to get united? Isn’t it time stop obsessing about India? Isn’t it time to be realistic?

Not an elitist media!

By Dr. Khalil Ahmad If you attack the establishment long enough and hard enough, they will make you a member of it. [Art Buchwald] I With the advent of electronic media and its proliferation, the war against the all powerful elite classes has acquired a new dimension in Pakistan. As the force and both reach and range of TV channels has no parallel in the history of communication technology, now the previously all important print media occupies a backseat or just follows suit. But of course it has its own uncontested place.