70 years of Pakistan
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 death anniversary 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.