Pakistan’s senior journalist Murtaza Razvi (DAWN) assassinated !

Murtza Razvi, senior  journalist and magazine editor of  daily Dawn, Pakistan’s leading English language newspaper.

Murtza Razvi, senior journalist and magazine editor of daily Dawn, Pakistan’s leading English language newspaper.

Murtaza Razvi, a senior assistant editor and head of magazines at Dawn, was murdered in the early hours on Thursday, in Karachi.

According to police, Razvi’s body was found from an office apartment in the Defence Housing Authority area. His hands were tied and his body bore torture marks and he had apparently been strangled to death. However, the real cause of his death will be established after the postmortem has been performed, police said.

The late journalist’s family has said that he did not have any personal enmity with anyone. They have requested the media not to speculate until the police apprehend his killer(s).

Murtaza Razvi was one of the most highly-qualified journalists, with over two decades of experience. He had worked at a number of renowned publications before joining the Dawn Media Group, where he also held the post of Dawn‘s Resident Editor in Lahore.

Later on, he had moved to Karachi to take over as Dawn’s magazines editor.

He is survived by his widow and three daughters.

He also authored two books, ‘Musharraf: the years in power’, a political biography of former president Parvez Musharraf, as well as ‘Ordinary People’ which comprised interviews with ordinary citizens of Pakistan about history, society and culture.

Razvi held a master’s degrees in Ancient Indian and Islamic History from the University of Punjab, Lahore and Political Science & International Relations from the US.

Cricket is like a soap opera

siddhartha vaidyanathan

siddhartha vaidyanathan

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan‘s ( & former Assitant Editor Cricinfo) take on Cricket, IPL et al:

What is it about Cricket that we all get hooked to?

It’s like a soap opera. It’s also like reality TV. And it’s (mostly) unscripted.

Cricket ka Karmayudh- IPL: 

It’s a bit too early to say whether the negatives outweigh the positives. The IPL is not going anywhere. It’s here to stay. 

Post Ganguly – DravidLaxman – Tendulkar era: 

I don’t think there is going to be any player appearing out of thin air. The core group remains Kohli, Pujara, Rohit, Raina, Rahane, Mukund. Sehwag and Gambhir will be around. And Yuvraj too.

About Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar

He takes every practice session seriously. He is completely devoted to the game. He’s humble. These are rare qualities, especially among extraordinarily successful people.

Missing consistency in Indian plays: 

You need players who can be unpredictable. If every player was consistent, this would be a boring game. I love Sehwag’s unpredictability. It’s what makes him score 219 on one day and 0 the next.

Assembly of a commentary team from Twitter: 

I would sure like to see many of these Twitter folk talk about cricket in a pub. The way they argue, there may be blood.

In Siddhartha Vaidyanathan’s dream team God of Cricket Sachin is rested. Others includes, Sehwag,  Jayasuriya, Laxman, Lara, Mark Waugh, Carl Hooper, Gilchrist, Wasim, Ambrose, Shane Bond &  Warne .

(courtesy: Blogadda)

India’s star news channels & Baba

P.N. Vasanti , Director of New Delhi-based multidisciplinary research organization Centre for Media Studies (CMS) writes in 

A classic example would be the numerous shows featuring Nirmal Baba (alias Nirmaljit Singh Narula) on almost 35 channels, including 15 news channels. Paid slots showing a large number of devotees getting advice and solutions to problems have made this former businessman into a baba reportedly worth crores (a few reports claim an annual turnover of more than Rs.200 crore!)….

….They may find a place on our numerous channels, especially the dozen-odd spirituality channels such as Aastha TV, Sanskar TV, MH1 Shraddha, Sadhna TV, Dharm TV, Paras TV and Sanatan TV. They may even help hold up ratings on a general entertainment channel.

….My issues are twofold. One, these are paid slots and not news or current affairs programmes, so what are they doing on a news channel? Many channels do not even inform the viewer that it’s a paid programme and not produced by their channel. Second, where is the moral and ethical responsibility of any news media in promoting such blind faith and superstition?

…In September 2011, the News Broadcasters Association (NBA) issued an advisory to its 45 member channels “to voluntarily improve the broadcasting standards by desisting from airing such reports (on matters propagating, promoting and advocating superstition, occultism and blind belief)”

….And yet, we see a large number of NBA members such as Star News, Aaj Tak Tez, IBN7, India TV continue to promote and regularly show paid programmes featuring Nirmal Baba, even today.

She also heads the CMS Academy of Communication and Convergence Studies. Read the full column

New Book Announcement: “Privacy Injunctions and the Media – by Iain Goldrein QC”

Our attention has been drawn to a new book, “Privacy Injunctions and the Media: A Practice Manual” by Iain Goldrein QC.  This is intended to be a practical manual that details how to argue a case and contains check-lists and quality control protocols.  It aims to sets out the law relating to privacy injunctions, and best practice in relation to seeking or opposing this form of relief.

In the foreword by Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, MR he writes

In this welcome new book on Privacy Injunctions and the Media: A Practice Manual, Iain Goldrein QC provides a clear, insightful and, perhaps most importantly, practical guide to the way in which the courts have developed the law of privacy in the past decade or so. The book provides a readily accessible and properly comprehensive route through the substantive law of privacy as it now stands, its relationship with freedom of expression, and the balance to be struck between them. On its own, and given the ways in which the law has developed, this would be a significant achievement and should, deservedly, see this work become an essential reference work for lawyers, litigants and those generally interested in the law … I commend it to all those who are interested in the development of the law in this important area, and particularly to those who want practical guidance.

The publishers of the book, Hart Publishing say:

A string of high profile law suits has drawn attention to a rapidly developing and controversial branch of media law – the use of privacy injunctions to restrain publication of information relating to the private lives of individuals. The purpose of this book is to set out the law relating to privacy injunctions, and best practice in relation to seeking or opposing this form of relief. Such best practice is targeted not just at litigators.  This book is aimed also at journalists who are the watchdogs of the freedoms of our society, and other organs of the media”.

The book reflects the agenda (included in the foreword to the book) set by Lord Neuberger’s Report of 2011 and the subsequent Practice Guidance.

The book’s Table of Contents can be read here and the Preface here.

The published price is £125 but there is a special discount for readers of Inforrm of 20%. To receive the discount order online and mention ref: ‘INFORRM’ in the special instructions field (or when contacting Hart Publishing). Please note that the discount will not be shown on your order but will be applied when the order is processed.

For any queries please contact the publisher Hart Publishing:

Hart Publishing Ltd, 16C Worcester Place, Oxford, OX1 2JW, UK 
Telephone Number: 01865 517530; Fax Number: 01865 510710;

(courtesy: Inforrm’s Blog)

Open “Bars” – Dozen more reason why Journalism is ‘The Best’ !!!

Old-fashioned journalist newsman.

Old-fashioned journalist newsman.

CareerCast survey about Journalism being one of the worst job has been contested “rigorously” by past & present journalist and non-journalists all over the world, making it a survey of least relevance. (at least in case of Journalism.)

In 1968, the late Dr. Russell J. Jandoli, founder of the Journalism Department (now the School of Journalism and Mass Communications) at St. Bonaventure University, Allegany, NY said:

“Journalism is about everything and everybody, and it’s got to be the most exciting pursuit of them all.”

Jeff Bercovici, Staff Writer, Forbes

Jeff Bercovici who,  in his original story published in Forbes listed eight reasons, has added a couple of more reasons ( marked as bold character below)  and made it a list of ten reasons why that’s not true, despite the low salaries,the long and irregular working hours, etc.

# You’re always learning

# You get paid to read a ton

# You get paid to meet interesting people

# You get to meet celebrities

# Maybe you even get to enjoy a little celebrity

# “Stress” is excitement

# Journalists get around

# And then there’s the small matter of self-expression

# working with other curious, open-minded creative people;

# open bars

Others who read this news-story have also added very genuine reasons and have recognised a career in journalism, The Best out of the lot..

# Once in a while you get to be a part of history. You even get to contribute to the historical story line. Some of those events are hard to cover.

# You learn every day. You can work very fast. You get paid to be creative. You are never bored. You can discern a situation quickly, put together information from many sources and make it accessible. You get a byline. 

# Journalism leads to books, speeches, panels, multimedia, collaboration across platforms and all other forms of nonfiction storytelling where others value your ideas and insights. No two days are ever the same.

# And when you are having dinner or drinks with non-journo friends, you’ll always have great stories to tell.

# Being a journalist is rewarding and fun.

# A hardcore journalist minus journalism is like a fish minus water. This is called obsession with profession.

# Every day is an education.

# broaden our minds: engage, provoke, inspire, and ultimately, connect us.

# journalism corrects social injustices, rights wrongs, and makes the world a better place. Clark Kent actually may do more good than Superman. It just isn’t as showy.

# It is the ultimate expression of a society’s culture. A record of the times.Journalism today plays the role of what literary prose played in the 19th Century and street theater played during Shakespeare’s time – engaging people by telling good stories.  Surely, money-lending should have been the most coveted position during the Bard’s age and government employ the most precious pursuit during Charles Dickens’ days? But who is remembered the most today?

In other words, the ultimate joy of journalism is the experience of shaping up the identity of our times. And if it means working 13-hour days at half the pay, so be it.

Worldwide ‘news blackout’ by PTI on Friday for salary hike!

India’s leading news wire agency ( PTI) is going on a 24 hours ‘pen down’ strike Friday demanding the implementation of the wage board recommendations.

Below is the full take of the PTI news advisory to subscribers.


Attn: All Subscribers

PTI news and photo services are likely to be affected from 2:00 am on April 20, 2012 to 8:00 am on April 21, 2012 due to strike called by the trade union in PTI over the Wage Board issue.

We regret the inconvenience that may be caused to you.

General Manager – Admin
PTI, Delhi


Press Trust of India (PTI) is the largest news agency in India. It is headquartered in Delhi and is anonprofit cooperative among more than 450 Indian newspapers and has a staff of about 2,000 writers spread across 150 offices nationwide. It took over the Indian operations of the Associated Press and Reuters soon after India’s independence on August 15, 1947. It provides news coverage and information of the region in both English and Hindi.

It exchanges information with several other news agencies including 100 news agencies based outside India, such as Associated PressAgence France-PresseThe New York Timesand Bloomberg L.P.. Major Indian subscribers of PTI include Times of India, the Indian Express, the Hindustan Times, the All India Radio and Doordarshan. PTI has offices in Bangkok,BeijingColomboDubaiIslamabadKuala LumpurMoscowNew York and Washington D.C..[3]

Press Trust of India is the only news agency in South Asia which operates its own communication satellite, an INSAT, to broadcast news and information. Its current chairman is Mr. Vineet Kumar Jain