Journalism Pakistan
Unlocking the secrets of the media industry
Asia: Press Emblem Campaign demands justice for reporter killed in Dhaka protestWorld: Russia sentences American journalist Evan Gershkovich to 16 years for espionageJSchool: From contacts to contracts: Media networking in PakistanNewsroom Pakistan: Anchor Ayesha Jahanzaib reconciles with husband, drops charges in courtNewsroom Pakistan: Police disrupt PFUJ meeting, arrest hotel manager in GujranwalaNewsroom Pakistan: Journalist Jahanzaib Ali stands firm after backlash over Pentagon questionDigital Connections: Exploring the impact of social media on mental healthWorld: Wall Street Journal fires Hong Kong Journalists Association's chairpersonNewsroom Pakistan: Arshad Sharif's widow reveals harrowing details of his torture and murderNewsroom Pakistan: Censorship concerns as 'Redline with Talat' fails to airWorld: Russia sentences journalist Masha Gessen to eight years in absentia on 'fake' news chargesWomen in Media: Tunisian commentator Sonia Dahmani sentenced to one year

Minhaj Barna (1925-2011)

Minhaj Barna (1925-2011)

The death of Minhaj Barna in Rawalpindi at the age of 87 on January 14, 2011 marked the end of an era.Even journalists who had never met him in person were familiar with his name and his status as the founder of the trade union movement for newspaper employees in the country.


Barna commanded huge respect as the founder of the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists and the All-Pakistan Newspaper Employees Confederation. He played a key role, in the early 1970s, in establishing a viable wage structure for newspaper staffers.


He was more than a union activist, however. From 1977 to 1988, he led the journalists’ movement against repressive policies of Gen Ziaul Haq with great courage. His leadership kept the media united.


A chant among his followers Tere saath marna, there sath jina Minhaj Barna became the battle cry throughout the encounter between him and censoring authorities.  


In life he was considered a legend and his death grieved thousands of media personnel and press workers. To both, he was a great leader and always worked for their welfare.


He also published a book of poetry, Marsia: Chouthay Satoon Ka, elegy of the Fourth Estate which is more or less a sequel to Zameer Niazi’s study lamenting the curbs placed on free press by authoritarian governments.


Barna became interested in upholding freedom of speech as a student in pre-Independence New Delhi of Jame Millia. He joined the All-India Youth Federation and began to take interest in the Communist Party.


His career started with Urdu newspaper Inqilab at Bombay (now Mumbai). After Independence Barna came to Pakistan and started as a journalist anew by turning to English press and became famous as a fierce trade union leader upholding the cause of press workers and journalists.


At one time he led a 10-day strike against low wages during which no newspaper could be published. He led a hunger strike to keep alive the Pakistan People’s Party newspaper Musaawat but could not keep it from folding up. – The News; JournalismPakistan.com

Back

Rafique (Feica)

Rafique (Feica)

Born in 1957 in Multan, Feica started his schooling there, but could never take to studies. According to him, he was "only interested in drawing". He credits his father for allowing him to pursue his dream

Omar Kureishi (1928-2005)

Omar Kureishi (1928-2005)

Omar Kureishi was a distinguished Pakistani writer. He worked in advertising, aviation and journalism, writing for many newspapers, including Dawn, The Pakistan Times, Morning News and The Guardian, London.

Ayaz Amir

Ayaz Amir

A prominent print and television journalist, columnist, political analyst, and commentator, Ayaz Amir became known for his weekly columns in Daily Dawn. He started writing for Dawn during the government of Ziaul Haq...

Nisar Osmani

Nisar Osmani

Born in Allahabad in 1931, Mr. Nisar Osmani had his early education in India. Migrating from India soon after the creation of Pakistan, Nisar Osmani stepped into practical life as a school teacher in Bahawalpur.

Khalid Hasan (1935-2009)

Khalid Hasan (1935-2009)

Khalid Hasan was a senior Pakistani journalist and writer. He was born in Srinagar, Kashmir. He was the brother in law of the first elected president of Azad Jammu & Kashmir K H Khurshid, private secretary

Yawar Hayat (1943-2016)

Yawar Hayat (1943-2016)

Born on October 18, 1943, Yawar Hayat is celebrated as one of the chief architects of Pakistan Television (PTV). The son of Brigadier Azmat Hayat Khan, he was the grandson of Sir Sikandar Hayat Khan

Anjum Niaz (1948-2018)

Anjum Niaz (1948-2018)

Before joining journalism, Anjum Niaz taught at the Karachi American School and Pakistan American Council. A master's in English Literature from the Punjab University, she joined the

Gul Hameed Bhatti (1947-2010)

Gul Hameed Bhatti (1947-2010)

Gul Hameed Bhatti was a top ranked cricket journalist and statistician. He also loved flying and was a commercial pilot with the Pakistan International Airlines between 1968 and 1971.

Newsroom
Press Emblem Campaign demands justice for reporter killed in Dhaka protest

Press Emblem Campaign demands justice for reporter killed in Dhaka protest

 July 22, 2024 Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) expresses shock and grief over the killing of a young reporter Hasan Mehedi during a protest in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The global media rights body demands justice for the slain journalist.

Russia sentences American journalist Evan Gershkovich to 16 years for espionage

Russia sentences American journalist Evan Gershkovich to 16 years for espionage

 July 20, 2024 Evan Gershkovich, a Wall Street Journal journalist, has been sentenced to 16 years in a Russian penal colony on espionage charges. The trial, condemned as a sham by his employer and the White House, marks the first such conviction of an American journalist in Russia since the Cold War.

Anchor Ayesha Jahanzaib reconciles with husband, drops charges in court

Anchor Ayesha Jahanzaib reconciles with husband, drops charges in court

 July 19, 2024 TV anchor Ayesha Jahanzaib has reconciled with her husband and withdrawn the domestic violence case against him in a Lahore court. She expressed her desire to end the legal proceedings despite acknowledging the injustices faced.

Police disrupt PFUJ meeting, arrest hotel manager in Gujranwala

Police disrupt PFUJ meeting, arrest hotel manager in Gujranwala

 July 19, 2024 Press freedom faced another setback in Pakistan as police disrupted the PFUJ's Federal Executive Council meeting in Gujranwala, in a bid to bar opposition leader Omer Ayub Khan from attending and arresting the hotel manager.

Journalist Jahanzaib Ali stands firm after backlash over Pentagon question

Journalist Jahanzaib Ali stands firm after backlash over Pentagon question

 July 19, 2024 Pakistani journalist Jahanzaib Ali faces backlash after posing a question at a Pentagon briefing about potential foreign involvement in an attack on President Trump. His inquiry, interpreted as implicating India, has led to significant media attention.