Coming: Book on Media in Pakistan:Part II(Excerpts)

By Yasmeen Ali

The Foreword of this book has been done by Dr Mehdi Hasan. He wears many hats . He is Chairman Council of Complaints of PEMRA. Also Chairman Human Rights Commission Pakistan. A name that needs no introduction.

I share here, an excerpt from the book, now only days away from its launch:
“I would first like to discuss Hate Speech here as a justified bar on the right to freedom of expression. “Hate speech is a communication that carries no meaning other than the expression of hatred for some group, especially in circumstances in which the communication is likely to provoke violence. It is an incitement to hatred primarily against a group of persons defined in terms of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and the like. Hate speech can be any form of expression regarded as offensive to racial, ethnic and religious groups and other discrete minorities or to women.”

However, Justice Wendell Holmes in the famous case Schenck v. United States(1919) clearly expressed his opinion that a restriction is legitimate only if it poses a real and clear present danger that relates to public interests or threat to safety.

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  • Najma Sadique  On September 19, 2012 at 6:49 am

    Dear Yasmeen,
    Have you received the list of outlets for your book in Karachi ? Still waiting. I hope there is one in Clifton/Defence. – Najma

    • Yasmeen Ali  On September 19, 2012 at 6:51 am

      Not yet,expecting it anytime now.That is the third promo.Last.

  • Ghias uddin Babar  On September 19, 2012 at 6:53 am

    Professor Sahiba,

    Thank you so much for keeping me posted about the progress on your book.

    From this mail( Excerpts) I am of the opinion that it would be a Must Read book for
    all the media people (associated both with electronic and print media) plus I believe that such a book might be an important part of the syllabi in department of Journalism in various universities within and outside the country.

    The way our journalists and media people these days sometimes behave crossing all limits, this document in shape of your well researched book would be of great help to them as well as to the authorities who control or sometimes face problem to control them.

    Due to long rule of martial law in our country, media people have remained under pressure. However, it is mostly during civil regimes that media gets sufficient space and it would be more pertinent to say that they really get unleashed in its true sense. As a result, we find a similar trend in our general public criticizing anything and everything and mostly looking at the half empty glass.That creates an atmosphere of mistrust and disbelief.

    I understand that your book should be given maximum publicity for the benefit of not only journalists and media people but also introducing it to the authorities and the general masses as to how we could look at a news-item/dialogue in electronic/print media.

    Gone are the days once outbursts and abusive language could attract educated people. Only a balanced, thoughtful and well researched matter/material based on one’s (thorough) knowledge would be able to work and carry some weight.In case a media person took into account and cared for the moral, ethical and professional boundaries associated with journalism, then it could definitely add to the effectiveness of the spoken or written word.

    For the past one decade or so we are passing through a phase called war on terrorism. There have been so many deaths, so much loss of valuable lives, so much loss of property/national wealth – and it is not yet over. In this part of our country’s history we have unfortunately lost some towering personalities Every one feels about it, thinks about it and wants to get over with this phase sooner than later. Should I say that some serious sensitive issues are there in shape of : religious divide/a disturbed value system/urbanization/approach to education/materialism/some important institutions like judiciary/army/media have got politicized may be due to this long phase termed as war on terrorism. So in this precarious and sensitive situation, your book could be a great help in shape of policy guidelines to media specialists and the concerned authorities to find a positive role for themselves for harnessing and educating general masses for a respectable place in this world now called global village.

    Thanking you and best regards, Ghias uddin Babar

  • Javed Jabbar  On September 19, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Ms Yasmeen Ali,

    Felicitations on the forthcoming publication of your book on media laws. I look forward to reading it.

    I presume you have had the opportunity to read the first book on this subject published in Pakistan/overseas
    which was in 1997 when UNESCO/AMIC Singapore published ” Mass Media Laws of Pakistan…and a commentary from a
    historical perspective ” of which the under-signed was the Chief Compiler and Barrister Qazi Faez Isa was the Co-Compiler.
    Two former Chief Justices of Pakistan addressed the Foreword and the Introduction to the book, now out of print !

    Your book will surely meet a critical need in view of developments in recent years.

    With best wishes

    Javed Jabbar

  • Huzaima & & Ikram  On September 19, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Congratulations. It is laudable endeavour. We wish you all the best in intellectual pursuits.

    Huzaima & & Ikram

  • Hasan Pervez  On September 21, 2012 at 7:11 am

    Very nice. Mubarak ho aap ko.

  • FOOZY  On September 30, 2012 at 10:29 am

    The excerpts are indicative of a good book. May you have commercial success too, I hope you found a good editor? I know one in Karachi, I think his name is Hasan P. Pervez.
    Cheers Princess.

    • pakpotpourri2  On October 5, 2012 at 3:16 pm

      I know HP very well Foozy.However my publisher is the biggest in Pakistan,employing a huge staff.So I am well covered I guess.

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