LAUNCHING: Media & Media Laws Book:PART I(Of Extracts)

A Pakpotpourri Exclusive

By: Yasmeen Ali

Launching in a few days. The book on Comparative Analysis of Media & Media Analysis in Pakistan. This book tries to address questions raised in every sphere. It is not another “theory book” expounding concepts. It moves beyond discussing concepts to what issues exist in the world of communications in Pakistan. What are the questions that need to be addressed by relevant authorities in different mediums of communication and their possible solutions too, are offered.


John Swinton, the doyen of the New York press corps, upon his
retirement, made the following speech(Excerpt):

“There is no such thing, at this stage of the world’s history in America, as
an independent press. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you
who dare write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know
beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for
keeping my honest opinions out of the paper I am connected with. Others
of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who
would be foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets
looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one
issue of my papers, before twenty four hours, my occupation would be
gone. The business of the journalist is to destroy the truth, to lie outright,
to pervert, to vilify, fawn at the feet of Mammon, and to sell his country
and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it, and what folly
is this toasting of an independent press?….”


Christopher Warren, President IFJ states, “A free press must be held accountable for its conduct but criminal defamation laws threaten the liberty of journalists and the fearless nature of a truly free press. Meanwhile, outrageous civil defamation damages suits threaten the economic viability of media organizations.”


A well- known quote, largely attributed to Voltaire, is originally of Evelyn Beatrice Hall, who wrote under the pen name of S.G Tallentyre, known for her biography of Voltaire titled, “The Friends of Voltaire”, Hall, wrote in that biography, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it” is the tenet on which the very principle of right to freedom of expression rests.

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  • Zubair  On September 8, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Our problem in Pakistan is a bit different. Here it is the country that cannot afford a free and independent media since it tends to start working for the enemies of the country. The sort of responsible media we need is simply not there. We have many channels blowing the US trumpets against the very interest of the country. On the other hand there are people who keep on bashing the organizations and persons who are perceived as a threat to the Govt but never say a word about the mismanagement and corruption of the Govt.

  • GRK  On September 8, 2012 at 11:35 am

    my dearest yasmeen.please accept my heartiest greetings on completion of your book which inshallah will be launched soon.the first address of the MAKER of the unverse to HIS prophet SAW was my humble opinion unless the people are not aware of their rights and obligations,the living is just like animals who only know what to eat and sleep.i am confident that your thought process will certainly be om immense help for those who are still trying to make a modest effort to bring peace and harmony in the envoirment around wishes for your future endevour kindest regards sincerely grk

  • Mazhar Abbas  On September 8, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Heartiest greetings to Ms Aftab for this important contribution in the field of journalism. Since the death of Mr Zameer Niazi, not much has been written about the media in Pakistan. Media Laws are so important for journalists to know. Not many people knows but journalist can even face death sentence for his writing in Pakistan.

    • Matiullah Jan  On September 16, 2012 at 11:10 am

      Dear Yasmeen, congratulations for this apparently ground breaking work on Pakistani media. I will soon go through your work and get back to you. The cover of your book rightly represents the wilder side of our industry. I have personally discovered that this elephant does not want to be even self-controlled. My pioneering investigative show “Apna Gareban” that focused on unethical journalism and corruption in our ranks was shut down and I had to face personal attacks from subjects of my investigations. The corruption ridden journalist bodies and so called champions of press freedom kept their mouth shut over closure of my program and personal attacks on me. The media certainly needs to be shown the mirror. Your effort in this regard will not go in vain. regards, Matiullah Jan, Anchor, “Apna Apna Gareban” / Correspondent Waqt TV, Islamabad

      • Yasmeen Ali  On September 16, 2012 at 6:19 pm

        Thank you for the comment. The book is a research based work spread over 6 years that has resulted in this book. It is an effort to serve as a course book for Media Law students in Mass Comm for which none exists & two, to address existing issues. Rgds YAA

  • Muhammad Abbas Khan  On September 8, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Wish you best of Luck 🙂

  • Zofeen  On September 8, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Congratulations Yasmeen! So you’ve not been sitting pretty, all this time!!!!

    Thanks for sending me this announcement

  • Yasmeen Ali  On September 8, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Congratulations Yasmeen! So you’ve not been sitting pretty, all this time!!!!

    Thanks for sending me this announcement

  • Ijaz Khan  On September 8, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Dear Yasmeen,
    Please allow me to congratulate you.This ,must have been back breaking work & I had no idea you were working on such monumental treatise!
    God be with you.

  • Khalid Iqbal  On September 8, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    You have written this book on a subject that at this time is one of the most talked about and written about all over the world, not just Pakistan. I am absolutely sure it is unique.

    Tolstoy took 10 years to write War and Peace and you have taken 6 years for your work. I am sure you spent most of this time on research. Research is the mother of originality (my saying). But it is a herculean task and at times very frustrating.

    As well, do send it abroad for reviews.

    I hope it finds its way at Quetta’s bookstalls and I buy my copy.


  • KHAN XIA  On September 9, 2012 at 1:49 am

    Good luck.
    There is another book just published in the US ‘Trust Me I Am Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator’ by Ryan Holiday that might be of interest for the library.

  • Zafar Chaudhry  On September 9, 2012 at 5:00 am

    Dear Ms Yasmin Ali,

    Heartiest congratulations on the publication of the book on media and the laws controlling it in Pakistan. The image on the cover of a seemingly mad elephant is very well thought out. You see, it appropriately represents the attitudes of the two high parties to each other, the media and the government. The third stake holder, the public-the reader does not get represented on the cover but it must be occupying fair amount of space inside. More on it when I read the book.

    Congratulations once again – A N D when is the follow up due?

    In utmost joy and happiness

    Yours Sincerely,


  • HH  On September 9, 2012 at 5:01 am

    Looking forward to reading your entire book, repeatedly of course, with great anticipation.
    John Swinton has spoken the truth. In the scenario he constructs, it must have been even more difficult for you YAA, to lay threadbare the the skeletons in the closets of our media and those in the ‘legal system’ that is supposed to regulate it. And then the task of rewriting and revamping, a monumental undertaking.. I think the book cover, showing a charging mammoth/ elephant also symbolizes your effort to tear apart the existing structures first and then take on the work of reconstruction ?
    May your 6 years’ long labor of love become a game changer in Pakistan and beyond. And when that happens, I will ask for gajaar ka halwa made by your own hands.
    Are you planning to get the book translated into Urdu at some point in time for greater reach, as Media in Pakistan is predominantly Urdu-based? Just a thought.
    Congratulations and lots and lots of duas for great success.

  • Naveed Aziz  On September 9, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Bahut bahut Mabrook, how do we purchase a copy of this book.

  • CNU  On September 9, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    It appears the elephants in media are fearful of the new arrival. I am sure the book is going to come down as heavily on them as the cover suggests and it will also kick up just as much dust. Our media may not have become truly independent but rest assured readers are fiercely independent minded.
    Waiting anxiously for the book to appear on shelves.

  • Ajmal  On September 9, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Heartiest Congratulations.

  • Sqn Ldr S. Ausaf Husain (Retd)  On September 9, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Heartiest congratulations Ms Yaa. Right now I on the hospital bed in CMH Malir Cantt for a certain problem in my backbone known ‘ LUMBER’. Just now on opening my mail on my laptop I came know about this good news in the hospital. This book will be an eye opener and light to show a true path. John Swinton’s comments should enough for the readers to value this book.

    Althoutgh I am an ex-airborne commando and now going to celebrate by 8oth birthday in November 2012 in Skardu with my family and grand children while I am there almost every year for practicing and enjoying ski sports. I wish I have this book with me at that time to read it at night sitting on a esy chair near the fireplace in the PAF Officers Mess with a tumbler of coffee.

    • Yasmeen Ali  On September 9, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      God Bless U Sir. Get well soon.

  • Brig. Latif  On September 9, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Heartiest congratulations….!
    It is a very interesting, important and at the same time, a rather hot potato type of topic to write on. However, I am sure Ma’am, you are capable of getting the mad elephant by the horn. Really looking forward to read the book as and when it becomes available in Islamabad.

    Sent from my iPad

    • Khalid Iqbal  On September 9, 2012 at 3:37 pm

      No problem for the book to be controversial. In fact it is good if it becomes controversial. But if some people attempt to sideline it by ignoring it, that is not fair. We at PP should prepare to react and be proactive in promoting. In a way it is our book.

  • Parvez  On September 10, 2012 at 1:14 am

    I am looking forward to the launch and will add your book to our reference library. We need proposals to reduce “disenchantment and chaos’. Would you consider a shadow appointment in Madadgar to personally promote your favorite solutions? Can we at least talk about how that could be done wiithout disturbing your life?
    Kind regards,
    Parvez Amin
    SB Mech E MIT ’56; FRSA
    Chairman Madadgar Pakistan

    Gulkalee, Harbanspura Road
    Cell: 0333 422 77 51

  • Omar Nasarullah  On September 10, 2012 at 1:18 am

    ooking forward to your book launch. Hope that it teaches us all truths which we had not been privy to.

  • Mahmud Sipra  On September 10, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Dear YAS: Bravo! Welcome to the heady atmosphere of ” Published Authors”….the air is thin…and the worst thing you could do is to start believing in your own myth….half the people who will read your book will gleefully and gratuitously point out the omissions and or commissions – the other half -will be those who have never written anything worthwhile themselves .. but will criticize it without ever having read it. So dont let the philistines get to you….and there are plenty of them where you are.

    Enjoy the moment.

    With affection.


  • farhan  On September 10, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Madam Yasmeen ur efforts towards reality and exposing actual facts are blessing for Pakistani nation.Unfortunately Pakistani Media is Bikao Ngos Bikao Politicians Bikao every where there is just frustration and Relish of Money and Power

  • ainee niazi  On September 10, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    great good efforts congratulation.

  • Mohummud idrees  On September 10, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Let’s await the peer review and opinion of experts in the field. The credit is that this apparently touches some raw nerves and tells it like nothing before. Awaiting to lay hands on it. Meanwhile, salute to the author for her diligence and straightforwardness.

  • Rauf  On September 11, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Releasing this book is timely and a much needed one. CONGRATULATIONS
    for your efforts and success. Let me add this. You are surely a very unique
    and extra ordinary person. Keep it up sister Ji. With load of love and
    duas to you from your bhabi Shahida too.
    Rauf Bhai


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