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Universal Media Ethics and Modern Media

Universal Media Ethics and Modern Media

By Baloch Khan, SME University, Karachi There is no legal sanction behind ethics except morality. Only a man morally responsible is ethicized. Ethics are related with duties to ourselves or duty to others. The coast of ethics sets certain duties and responsibility toward organizations oblige for operating the writing and broadcasting machinery. These ethical rules have check over the journalist, ...

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(Mis)Understanding Balochistan

(Mis)Understanding Balochistan

By Mahvish Ahmad When the Pakistan state looks at Balochistan–from Islamabad, or Raiwind, or Lahore, or from the commercial capital, Karachi–it assumes it has the right to decide how events in the country’s largest province ought to be interpreted. Certainly, it has had the power to silence the Baloch in the mainstream national conversation. Sometimes, the muffling of Baloch voices is ...

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The ‘burnt Malalas’ of Balochistan

The ‘burnt Malalas’ of Balochistan

By Yousaf Ajab Baloch June 16, 2013 was a day of severe suffering for the parents in Balochistan when they received the burnt dead bodies of their daughters, whilst the rest of the world was gifting flowers to their fathers on Fathers’ Day. In Balochistan. fathers, with immeasurable pain, were trying to identify their daughters’ dead bodies that had been ...

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The new government in Balochistan

The new government in Balochistan

By Qasim Baloch Nomination of Dr. Abdul Malik as the new chief minister of Balochistan has created sensational fanfares among the masses. Some encourage it as political maturity by the federation and some consider it as a landmark due to its non tribal characteristic. Comparatively, sequestration of new government by Dr. Abdul Malik and his team will be a great ...

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‘Abduct, kill and dump’ in Balochistan

‘Abduct, kill and dump’ in Balochistan

Yousaf Ajab Baloch Though there are multiple layers of violence and tension in Balochistan, ‘kill and dump’ of the Baloch ‘missing’ persons is one of the most vexing issues of the time. Recovery of bullet-riddled dead bodies with ruthless torture signs is an everyday occurrence. The judiciary, media, human rights organisations and Baloch nationalist parties have failed to persuade the ...

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Sore grapes or a fait accompli..!!!

Sore grapes or a fait  accompli..!!!

By  Hasrat Iqbal As expected, Balochistan National Party bites the dust and is worried on the results of general elections. Sometimes they put the burden of their defeat on establishment while sometimes they declare the security agencies and state death squads the responsible for their failure in elections.  BNP also thinks that they are no more the favorites for establishment ...

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Balochistan: Bullets & Bullies

Balochistan: Bullets & Bullies

By Johar Ali Bugtti, London “If you see the sun red… any redness in flowers. These must be the blood of my people” (Ghulam Rasool Mulla (1939-)). With a rich and colourful history stretching back over some 2000 years the Baloch people have become accustomed to struggling against the overtures of outside powers and would-be rulers. Their resistance is a ...

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Paradoxical tribal system in Balochistan

Paradoxical tribal system in Balochistan

By Qasim Baloch Exploitation prevailing in Balochistan has not a single factor but intermingled with many internal and external factors. It is not only the extreme centralized federation but also the bulling tribal system. The conceptual and as well the practical framework of tribal system is totally based on ascribed statuses, huge classified strata and feudalistic in nature. Obviously, tribal ...

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Pakistan’s Unfair Elections

Pakistan’s Unfair Elections

  May 1, 2013, a full-page ad in Pakistan’s Dawnnewspaper read: “My Dear Pakistanis, have you thought why PPP, ANP and MQM are targeted?” The ad was referring to three secular political parties, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), the Awami National Party (ANP.) and the Muthida Quami Movement (MQM). The three parties formed a coalition that ran the previous national government from 2008 ...

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Balochistan Under Siege

Balochistan Under Siege

  headline, “Election security: Balochistan braces for surgical operation” in a national daily left me amazed at the deviousness media uses in its reporting of distressing events and issues to make them look completely innocuous, or even praiseworthy. The crafty employment of words and phrases is truly beguiling and lethally effective in constructing or deconstructing opinions and views about issues. ...

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