As advertising in Pakistan marks 70 years of existence, we highlight themes that influenced its trajectory.
Excerpts from columns published by Ardeshir Cowasjee.
Pen, paper and newspaper have been integral parts of Ghazi Salahuddin’s existence.
It was during Saleem Asmi’s tenure that Dawn Islamabad edition was launched.
In the turbulent years between 1980-81 over 400 ‘Thou shalt nots ….’ plagued the press.
The reason why Pakistan ranks high among the countries considered dangerous for media persons.
If there is one characteristic which distinguishes Mr Jinnah in public life, it is his sturdy independence.
Remembering Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah on his 141st birthday with a series of rare photographs.
“Men may come and men may go. But Pakistan is truly and firmly established and will go on with Allah’s grace forever”.
The Pakistan that emerged in 1947 was a mere shadow of what Jinnah had wanted.
Women journalists were never more in need of courage than during the repressive Ziaul Haq years.
In 50 years, there has never been a better time, or greater need, for progressive politics in Pakistan.
The field of sports reporting has evolved significantly since Pakistan's victory in the 1992 cricket World Cup.
We are fighting a losing battle in a space that remains beyond editorial control: the internet.
As president of Pakistan, Asif Zardari had to deal with many of his own ghosts and much personal baggage from the past.
General Pervez Musharraf overthrew an elected government, an offense punishable by the Constitution of Pakistan.
Pakistan’s nuclear ambitions offered Sharif a mixed bag of joy and disappointment.
Mazhar Ali Khan recounts events of that fateful day in April 1959 when Pakistan's press suffered its most grievous blow.
The demise of Pakistan Times was widely mourned because of its role in securing people’s respect for independent press.
A Hindu mob burnt down Dawn's offices in Delhi in 1947, angered by the ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ headline.
Investigative journalism has retained its ability to rock the established powers in profound ways.
Quite in contrast to what official historiography portrays, Jinnah and Iqbal cannot be stereotyped as one and the same.
When the floodgates opened for private TV channels flash celebrity journalism replaced the daily slogger.
The state continues to draw red lines and the press continues to bump up against them.
Iqbal couldn’t have found approval in the Pakistan of today, much like Jinnah.
The longest serving professional editor of an English-language newspaper in Pakistan left a long-lasting mark on Dawn.
The real losers as a result of Benazir Bhutto’s elimination from politics were the people.
The universe of Sindhi newspapers and periodicals is much larger than any other regional language in Pakistan.
Urdu journalism is blamed for its campaign-style, hero-driven narratives on history, politics and society.
Unfettered press freedom was not acceptable to the civil bureaucracy-dominated and military-inducted establishment.
The one person who single-handedly changed Pakistan, perhaps forever, was the military dictator, General Ziaul Haq.
The Pakistan of 2017 is in many ways Liaquat’s creation as he established most of the policies Pakistan follows today.
Liaquat was as pivotal to the consolidation of Pakistan as the Quaid-i-Azam was central to the creation of Pakistan.
The last 15 years have seen a surge in the number of television channels and radio stations in the country.
The fact that Zia’s legacy far outlives Bhutto’s also explains how much Pakistan has changed since 1977.
In battles or war zones, the Dawn person is aware he/she is serving a paper founded by the man who founded Pakistan.
Like Jinnah, the Quaid-e-Azam, before him, 24 years later, Bhutto, the Quaid-e-Awam, was building a new country.
Dawn was an important factor in the creation of Pakistan.
It was Bhutto, again, who uttered words that led to one journalist coining the famed headline: ‘udhar tum, idhar hum’.
The first newspaper of the subcontinent appeared in the territories now comprising Pakistan.
Since Independence, Pakistan's Establishment has tried to misinterpret, tamper or censor sayings of Quaid-i-Azam.
The press in Pakistan learned to gang up against itself and its freedom fairly early in the country’s history.
Greatest contribution of Dawn to creation of Pakistan is helping to create Jinnah as charismatic figure of Quaid-i-Azam.
Draped in Pakistan’s national flag, the Quaid-i-Azam’s Janaza moved along the driveway of the Governor General’s House.
After seven decades, how many of the problems Jinnah defined at Pakistan’s birth have as yet been resolved?
Dawn newspaper covered events at Aligarh to such an extent that it practically became a university broadsheet.
Pakistan’s first military dictator laid the foundations of a capitalist economy under military rule.
Dawn began as a weekly newspaper in 1941 and transformed into a daily in 1942.
Within a couple of years after independence, it was evident who would call the shots.
The policies of a powerful state never consented to the unveiling of the truth.