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The great (fire) wall of Pakistan

By Jahanzaib Haque The writer is Web Editor of The Express Tribune and tweets @Jhaque_jahanzaib.haque@tribune.com.pk First they came for the Baloch websites, silently, without any justification. Then they banned YouTube and Facebook for weeks in the name of blasphemy. Then came the crackdown on online porn, with over 13,000 sites blocked. Then came the end […]


Cost of social media

THE internet and social networking websites like Twitter and Facebook have gained massive public popularity, especially among the youth. Political issues raised on the social media have taken place rapidly. A local case in point is the emergence of Imran Khan and PTI. Imran Khan’s massive public response and his emerging as a “third option” […]


Journalists condemn Zaid Hamid’s allegations against SAFMA

LAHORE: Leading media professionals, executive bodies of the South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA), South Asia Media Commission (SAMC), South Asian Women in Media (SAWM), editors and press club representatives across the country condemned the accusations that Zaid Hamid was levelling through social networking sites against the South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA), a mainstream […]


Twitter wars: Punjab sets up team to handle social media

By Anwer Sumra Committee to improve govt’s image, raise awareness of initiatives. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE LAHORE: The Punjab government has set up a five-member committee to spruce up its image and launch a modern social media campaign, The Express Tribune has learnt. According to a letter issued by Syeda Kulsume Hai, deputy secretary to the chief […]


Social media in Pakistan

Sir: Social media is a social instrument of communication in today’s world. Our social networks have a deeper effect on our lives than almost anything else. It makes sense. Nowadays all across the world, major political decisions are taking place due to social media influence. The Egyptian revolution, fall of the Gaddafi regime and uprisings […]


Objectivity

I AM a Pakistani and have been residing in Beijing for the last few months. One thing that I miss here most is the entertainment provided by news channels and spicy talk shows back home. But some time we get a chance to view these shows on the Internet, getting in touch with the recent […]

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Media for a better future

A LOT is happening in the country beside the political and judicial drama. While the media has played a positive role in creating awareness of the common man, it must continue to play a role ofan anchor. Many talk shows are too focused on politics and exposing politicians that the educated class is gradually losing […]

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Memogate and media

The SC has constituted a judicial commission on memo-gate issue but it is our misfortune that some lawyers and media persons, prior to the verdict of the commission, have started blaming Army and ISI over the memo-gate issue directly or indirectly. In this regard, their irresponsible approach is not only misguiding the general masses, but […]

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Facebook mania

Sir: Facebook has quickly become a household necessity not only in Pakistan but the entire world. Not only is it popular among the youth, the community belonging to other age groups has grown a substantial fondness for the network. For some reason this fact upsets me, rather alarms me to some extent. It makes me […]

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The youth and media: sensationalism and ratings

Ali Moeen Nawazish The media has become a power broker in the past eight years in an unprecedented way in Pakistan. It has in a way become the fourth pillar of the state. With this increased role and influence the youth looks up to the media in the same way as it looks up to […]

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Memogate and the media

By: Irfan Husain I WONDER sometimes when the great and the good of Islamabad find the time to do their normal work, considering they are appearing before – or preparing briefs for – parliamentary committees and courts almost daily. Hardly a day passes without breathless reports in the newspapers and television networks on the comings […]

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Social media for ‘changeÂ’

Sir: Social media is bringing a revolution to the world but we, the people of Pakistan, are still far from that ‘revolution’. We use social websites (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc) just for entertainment. The youth of this land upload their funny photos, videos and tagged pictures and songs from different websites for other friends. On […]

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