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Islam and the Media

Pathetic Plight of Media in Pakistan
Mujahid Hussain, New Age Islam
Pathetic Plight of Media in Pakistan
Mujahid Hussain, New Age Islam

Journalism, throughout the world, is known for its quest for news, asking questions and being told, but Pakistani journalism is distinguished with its aptitude for issuing statements and even Fatwas, if needed. An expert news analyst in our media would never accept that there could be an error in his report or that his views may have some flaws. ... There is no denying that the above phenomenon in Pakistan has transformed journalism from being a media of communication to a means to power....

Heart of the Matter
Najam Sethi
Heart of the Matter
Najam Sethi

This is a different age too with passionate popular urges for democracy, accountability and radical “change” in line with similar sentiments across the Muslim world. The lawyers’ movement, the restoration of the independent judiciary with its focus on “missing persons” and fundamental rights, the rise of the PTI, and the demand for a neutral election commission and transitional caretaker governments are all testaments to this trend…...

 
Wrong Button
Shahzad Raza
Wrong Button
Shahzad Raza

Like a pack of hungry wolves, other news networks are more than eager to devour their largest rival. Journalists say there are two primary reasons behind the madness. First, corporate stakes are rather high. As the country’s largest network falls, it will benefit each one of them. Second, there are old scores to settle……

 
From My Prison Cell: Abdullah Elshamy
Abdullah Elshamy
From My Prison Cell: Abdullah Elshamy
Abdullah Elshamy

There was apparent confusion.  He was trying to convince me to put an end to my hunger strike, saying that it was " a sin " one time , or that " Egypt needed me " another time.  So I replied: "Egypt needs me to be in prison?”....

 
The ISI, Taliban and the Media
Mohammad Nafees
The ISI, Taliban and the Media
Mohammad Nafees

All institutions, the government or the media industry, should avoid censoring facts or maligning any person(s) or institutions, civil or military, on flimsy or unsubstantiated proofs. All other debates or discussions are irrelevant.....

 

‘A bullet has been chosen for you’: Attacks on journalists in Pakistan, describes how the Pakistani authorities have almost completely failed to stem human rights abuses against media workers or to bring those responsible to account….

 
Onward From Indiscretions
Nasim Zehra
Onward From Indiscretions
Nasim Zehra

Equally, Geo’s irresponsible and illegal reporting which almost editorialized the man and the institution behind the target killing, (the ISI and the DG ISI), is condemnable. This was no journalism; it was baseless accusations and propaganda against a national institution and its head. Hamid Mir, the man then fighting for his life, had on record pointed the finger of blame towards both. Still, running an 8 hour unceasing accusation against the ISI chief was a shocking breach of journalistic ethics…..

 

For a time, Pakistan’s journalists were seen as messy champions of democracy: brave if sometimes flawed truth-tellers who helped oust the military ruler Gen Pervez Musharraf and held up a critical mirror to their tempestuous country….

 

Geo TV kept portraying the issue as a state-threat to freedom of expression and continued to muster support from across the world for its “cause.” But what was rather strange was the holding of rallies in all major cities by relatively unpopular political forces that came out of nowhere to express support for the army and accused Geo TV of being a “traitor” and “anti-state.”…....

 
Media imperialism in Pakistan
Sultan M Hali
Media imperialism in Pakistan
Sultan M Hali

Media in Pakistan was fettered by successive repressive regimes but in 1989, Benazir Bhutto freed the Print media while in 2002, ironically a military dictator General Pervez Musharraf provided relief by permitting the establishment of private TV and Radio channels. In the past twelve years the electronic media has grown at an exponential rate unfortunately, it has become unbridled and like a genie let out of the bottle.….

Journalists and Jihadis in Pakistan
Mohammad Shehzad
Journalists and Jihadis in Pakistan
Mohammad Shehzad

Pakistan has become one of the most dangerous countries for journalists in the world. UNESCO’s 2012 report ranked Pakistan the second most dangerous country for journalists the world over after Mexico. According to Committee for Protection of Journalists (CPJ), Pakistan is the sixth most dangerous country in the world for journalists. 54 journalists have been killed in Pakistan since 1992….

 

In any event, young Pakistanis, having been raised on satellite television, the Internet and smartphones, already have an insatiable thirst for information and the public space in which to think freely. So their appetite has been whetted, and many of them now are challenging the establishment’s societal mores…..

 
May You Live Long, Hamid Mir!
Marvi Sirmed
May You Live Long, Hamid Mir!
Marvi Sirmed

Hamid’s crimes have been many. His penchant to speak his mind and standing up for whatever he believes in was his biggest crime, like that of my friend Raza Rumi who was attacked less than a month ago. Hamid’s interpretation of ‘truth’ and ‘right’ might be subjective as the case is with any of us. Our causes are defined by the ideology we believe in....

 

Simply put, media coverage played into the stereotype of the Islamic terrorist. To put this into perspective, when was the last time you read the sentence, “The bomber, who was Lutheran …?”….

As the Pakistan government attempts to strike a peace deal with the Pakistani Taliban (Tehrik-i-Taliban, or TTP), significant developments threaten to unravel the social fabric of the state. By adopting a linear approach in pursuing negotiations, the government seems to be ignoring critical shifts, especially within the media, that if left unattended could spiral into a crisis too deep to eradicate and too complicated to reverse. On September 17, 2012, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) blocked YouTube after the website refused to remove the trailer of the controversial, amateurish anti-Islam film, Innocence of Muslims by Sam Bacile (aka Nakoula Basseley Nakoula).

 

This near death experience with bullets flying over me and shattered window glass falling over me reminded me of the way my own country was turning into a laboratory of violence. Worse, that when I saved myself, it was not without a price. A young man, who had been working as my driver for some time, was almost dead. I stood on a busy road asking for help and not a single car stopped.....

Zaman embodied a phenomenon that is not only baffling the west’s security services, but alarming them too: the burgeoning of radical Islamism through social media across Europe, which is radicalising thousands of young Muslims, dissolving borders, connecting them with banned terror organisations and propelling them towards violence in the most bloody conflict since the second world war…..

 

‘I thank the CII for pointing out such an important issue and appeal to the public to boycott restaurants that are insulting the sensibilities of their fellow brethren, sisteren, fatheren and motheren with such acts of impropriety. ....

 
The Plight of Writers and Pakistan
Syed Kamran Hashmi
The Plight of Writers and Pakistan
Syed Kamran Hashmi

Honest professionals, dedicated to writing, either are pushed aside since they do not possess the ‘appropriate talent’ or they emigrate from Pakistan because they cannot afford to write. Or, they lose hope in their skill and settle for another less challenging, yet more rewarding profession to make a living....

 

Please note that he is sending his message from Facebook. It could have been Twitter as well! We are living in such times that if social media is to exist, then it is inevitable that the concept of “freedom” should also be in “international standards.” Thus, in Islamist thinking, should the state base its definition of “freedom” on Fiqh or on universal standards?....

 
Media Coverage of Taliban in Pakistan
Rafia Zakaria
Media Coverage of Taliban in Pakistan
Rafia Zakaria

A journalistic boycott such as the one going on in Afghanistan may not defeat the Taliban; it may not even prevent them from killing more people, journalists or anyone else. It may, however, deny them a way of getting their propaganda and perspective out there, to the ears and eyes of millions of people.....

 
Cyber- Jihad and Espionage
Irfan Husain
Cyber- Jihad and Espionage
Irfan Husain

Perhaps the biggest backlash has come from giant American software firms like Google, Facebook and Yahoo. Complicit in the NSA spying programme due to secret court orders, they now find that confidence in their ability to protect their users from NSA’s prying eyes has been severely shaken….

 
Saudi Arabia: Controlling the Media Scene
Abdulrahman al-Rashed
Saudi Arabia: Controlling the Media Scene
Abdulrahman al-Rashed

The head of Saudi Arabia’s Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (or the religious police) wanted to convey a simple message that society needs authority to deal with chaos. Without authority, he said, people would not even be able to protect their behinds. This controversial statement kept people busy for a week with more than a million funny comments. In the past, the head of the religious police was not obliged to be so descriptive in his statements and nobody would have been able to view the response to such an out-of-context statement.....

 

All conversations implied a scandalous truth about the government --- such as manipulation of the media, interference in the judicial process, or mere corruption. Hence Erdoğan defined this effort as a “coup attempt” by the “parallel state” that has allegedly been created within the police force and the judiciary by the religious followers of the Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen. ……

 
Islam on the Internet
Syed Manzoor Alam, New Age Islam

Prophet Muhammad said “Let the one who believes in Allah and the Last Day either say good or remain silent”. What does it mean? At the time of the Prophet and even a few decades after his demise nobody would come and start bad-mouthing and spread ill news. Nobody would say “Oh that person was killed, and she was raped and they were looted” etc amongst the common people. So, by visiting these websites and engaging with people whose goal is to deface Islam, we are only giving them reinforcement and in turn their behavioural response increases. These websites are not only spreading what is bad but they are also spreading Kufr. There is a difference between Shirk and Kufr....

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