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Zarb-i-Azb: one year on
Muhammad Amir Rana

One year of Zarb-i-Azb has positively changed Pakistan’s security landscape. Statistically speaking, the frequency of terrorist attacks has gradually declined since the launch of the military operation in North Waziristan on June 15 last year.

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The extremism debate
Muhammad Amir Rana
THE alleged involvement of educated youths in Karachi’s Safoora Goth massacre has once again ignited the debate on growing extremism among educated and higher-income groups.
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To many, Tahir, Saad, Azfar and Nasir may appear new militant characters. But, profiles and ambitions of similar characters have been highlighted many times in the recent past.
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 Social media is influencing mainstream media’s approaches on human rights reporting
While lack of proper training and education and presence of an assortment of threats and constraints for journalists working in mainstream media hinder their ability and capacity to progressively report, analyze or provide the follow-up of incidents of human rights abuses, social media has created new prospects on highlighting such incidents and creating awareness among people. These views were expressed by media practitioners and experts who participated in a one-day training workshop on “Human Rights Reporting,” jointly organized by Pak Institute for Peace Studies and the Canadian   Read On >>
Progressive reporting and analysis can change skewed perceptions of a conflict
While journalists have the power to change narratives on conflict and influence public opinion, in Pakistan they lack the required capacity and professional training to develop progressive approaches to analyze and report conflicts. Besides practicing fundamental skills of journalism such as impartiality, accuracy, balance and ethics of investigation, journalists reporting conflicts should also develop skills of critical thinking and understanding of the dynamics of conflicts as well as learn the ways to manage threats in the field. Read On >>


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