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    A deadly attack on Karachi’s International Airport has raised questions about Pakistan’s security and the government’s ability to thwart terrorist attacks. Pakistan was shaken to its core when militant commandos, disguised as government security forces, stormed Karachi’s international airport. It’s not clear if the militants were trying to hijack a commercial airliner or blow up […]

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    Raza Rumi on the divided media of Pakistan by razarumi1

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  • 08/26/14--21:14: Watching the watchdog
  • “Democracy is like an infertile woman that cannot produce anything”, thundered a popular columnist (a real opinion-maker) at the Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent in North America (APPNA) convention held in Washington, DC. A few women participants objected, but overall, the trashing of ‘democracy’ back home in Pakistan was applauded by many a successful […]

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    Even if PM Nawaz Sharif survives the current crisis, his government will be permanently weakened.   Pakistan is in a state of crisis and the continuing deadlock between the government and opposition parties threatens to derail the constitutional order. Since the beginning of August, the two leading opposition groups – Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) […]

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    Pakistan’s perilous democratic transition has been rocked by the ongoing anti-government protests. The standoff between the government led by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and opposition parties continues to accelerate the political uncertainty and damage the fragile economy. Sharif was elected 14 months ago in an election that witnessed unprecedented voter turnout. While most opposition parties […]

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        To say that Pakistani journalists are under attack is an understatement. They are lucky if not assailed or killed. Beyond the veneer of prime time television shows that many think constitutes ‘journalism’, there are thousands of media workers at risk. They are endangered and pressured by state agencies, political parties, militant networks and […]

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    It has been a year as I wrote here since I was almost assassinated. I have already posted the tribute to Mustafa who died in the March 2014 attack. Here are a  few other stories that were published recently. “It has been a year since I lost a close associate, an employee, a friend. After I miraculously escaped […]

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  • 10/11/16--01:59: Odd spaces and new media
  • Raza Rumi talks to artist Faisal Anwar, whose work plays with space and time in the digital era Faisal Anwar is a renowned interactive, new media artist/producer based in Canada. He is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Habitat-LAB and was earlier trained in graphic design at Lahore’s National College of Arts. Anwar’s art

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    I was mentioned in ‘Daily Times’: “Projecting militants is undesirable but a blackout does not serve the public interest,” said Raza Rumi, a broadcast journalist who is currently a scholar-in-residence at Ithaca College in the United States. “For public accountability it is important that carefully edited information on militants is aired so that the public can

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    My article published by The Ithacan.     Journalism in the United States has entered an introspective phase since the Presidential election in November of this year. In its inability to sense the rise of Trumpism as a populist movement, the mainstream media failed itselfand its core mission to inform. The smugness of media punditry resonated

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