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Can newspapers survive the social media challenge?

KARACHI: Media in the United States and Europe have been pronouncing the death of the newspaper for several years now. Yet while Asia had mostly been seen as exempt from this trend, is the internet bug finally catching on in the Pakistani media market? Can the Pakistani newspaper survive? An analysis conducted by The Express […]


Race to the net: Advertising agencies scramble to offer digital media services

KARACHI: With their clients increasingly demanding digital media as part of their marketing strategy, advertising agencies are scrambling to include digital advertising as part of their portfolio of services, according to sources in the advertising business. The Pakistani internet population has grown less than 10,000 in 1996 to well over 20 million in 2011, according […]


Young, urban, affluent: a profile of the average social media user

By: Farooq Tirmizi KARACHI: The profile of Pakistani social media users appears to be no different from those in the United States: overwhelmingly young, urban, more affluent and better educated than the rest of the population, according to research conducted by the digital media agency, B Solutions. In a special report on the use of […]


Facebook, WikiLeaks and our quest for curiosity

By: Saba Karim Khan The writer works as Head of Corporate Affairs and Marketing for Citi Pakistan and holds an anthropology degree from the University of Oxford. As goes the proverbial saying, “When winter comes can spring be far behind?” In February 2004, Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook. Now, with over 955 million active users worldwide, […]


Pakistan asks US to remove blasphemous film from YouTube

By: Mariana Baabar ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has officially demanded of the US government that it immediately take measures to remove from YouTube the sacrilegious video attacking the person of Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) and take action against the film’s producer. After waiting for several days which saw the country erupt in violent protests and major […]


Banning YouTube

By: Ahmed Quraishi The real test for President Zardari, who has many good friends in the United States, would have been to ask the US government to control and restrain American hatemongers, who have continued a crude campaign of deliberate insults and humiliation against Islam for several years now. Certainly his confidante Husain Haqqani could […]


Insurers offer specialist cover for Facebook, Twitter attacks

Internet troll’ and ‘Facebook hacking’ are terms few had heard of until recently. But now online abuse and identify theft have become so common that social media users are being sold specialist insurance to help protect their reputation in case of an attack, reports Daily Mail. Hacking of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media […]


Watch out, you’re online

By: Shahzada Irfan Ahmed The internet initially seemed like a blessing, but the hazard it’s causing to the lives of innocent girls is something that can’t be neglected. You! Takes a look at the increasing rise in cyber crimes against women… Rushna is a student of a leading institute of management sciences in Pakistan. Life […]


Pakistan Telecommunication Authority asks users to help identify anti-Islam sites

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has requested people to bring it to its notice if any anti-Islamic video is available for viewing through any ISP or mobile operator in Pakistan. According to a press release issued by the PTA on Monday night, the chief justice of Pakistan has ordered the PTA to block access […]


Websites carrying anti-Islam film blocked, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority tells court

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) informed the Supreme Court on Monday that it had blocked 934 websites carrying an anti-Islam film which provoked worldwide protests. PTA’s Director General Waseem Tauqeer, who had been summoned by the court, said the authority had acted on the orders of the ministry of information technology. In a later […]


Government blocks YouTube operations

By: Khawar Ghumman ISLAMABAD: In response to surging protests against the controversial film ‘Innocence of Muslims”, the government decided on Monday evening to block operations of the video sharing website YouTube in the country. “Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has taken cognizance of the blasphemous film available on YouTube and has issued strict instructions to […]


Health ministry’s website

By: A Khan KARACHI: I was searching for the website of Pakistan’s ministry of health to acquire some information. I could not find the website through Google or even through the official website of the government of Pakistan. This website gives the URLs of all ministries and divisions except the health ministry. It seems that […]


Team formed to carry out constant monitoring of anti-Islamic sites

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior Rehman Malik on Friday constituted a team to carry out round the clock monitoring of all anti-Islamic sites and take remedial actions. The team would be headed by Member (legal) in Ministry of Information Technology while Member (technical), Director General, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and Director, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) would […]


Controversial video on YouTube blocked

ISLAMABAD: The authorities on Thursday blocked access to an anti-Islam video clip as security measures were beefed up around US diplomatic missions, following attacks on American consulates and embassies in Libya, Egypt and Yemen. “We have beefed up the security for possible threats to the US embassy,” Khurram Rasheed, a senior police official responsible for […]