DAWN Under Pressure: Email From Hameed Haroon

Posted on March 27, 2007
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Most of us are very familiar with the Dawn newspaper masthead which proudly proclaims “Founded by Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah.” This famous photograph of Mr. Jinnah reading an early issue of Dawn has also been seen many many times by most of us. As the oldest major English daily in Pakistan and with a proud and illustrious history of editorial courage and independence, Dawn has eared a unique and uniquely important position in Pakistani journalism. Its reputation has only been enhanced by the equally – and often even more – courageous journalism of the monthly news magazine Herald, which is also published by the same publishers.

According to the Dawn group and its senor editors and reporters, the newspaper is now under serious pressure from the government for the exact independence and journalistic excellence that has made it so respected amongst Pakistanis. The Dawn group has claimed for some time now that it is being pressured through the withholding of government ads, which are asignificant part of any newspaper’s revenue (and survival) in Pakistan. While it is obviously an advertiser’s choice to advertise wherever they want, the issue of government ads is different and especially a ban on an important and mass-selling newspaper like Dawn is difficult to justify on market rationality.

Things have obviously taken a turn for the worse for Dawn because a long email from Hameed Haroon, the CEO and publisher of the Dawn Group of Newspaper, accompanied by a set of four very detailed annexes is now circulating over email.

The case that Hameed Haroon makes is worth a read, as are the four annexes – which you can download in PDF format here: Annex A, Annex B, Annex C, Annex D. We reproduce the email in full here for the readers to decide for themselves what they think about it.

March 23, 2007
Dear Madam / Sir,

I am writing to draw your attention to an important matter that indicates the rapidly worsening environment for the freedom of press in Pakistan.

It has always been difficult for governments to coexist with a free and independent press in Pakistan. Of late, however, the government headed by President Musharraf has become increasingly intolerant towards criticism in the press and towards the publishing of news that reflects poorly on the performance of his government on security matters.

One of the intended casualties of this swelling hostility between government and press in Pakistan is the DAWN Group of Newspapers, the country’s largest independent English language newspaper and magazines publishing house.

Since December 2006, the DAWN Group is facing massive advertising cuts equivalent to two thirds of total government advertising. This has occurred primarily as a consequence of a decision ostensibly taken by Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz’s government, but in reality ordered by General Musharraf and engineered by several of his advisors that constitute the government’s inner cabinet.

It is clear that objections to the propriety of the DAWN Group’s editorial policies emanate mainly from President Musharraf’s office and his stance is heavily influenced by key advisors who have been entrusted with responsibility for implementing crisis management and conflict control in flashpoint areas. Particularly sensitive for the agreement are the escalating developments in Pakistan’s western province of Baluchistan, and in the tribal agencies of North & South Wazirstan on the Afghan border. Also irksome have been the DAWN Group’s related attempts to monitor a recurring tendency toward covert militancy among responsible decision-makers in government.

While preparing this dossier, I have attempted to include details and supporting documentation wherever possible, to facilitate your assessment as a key practitioner in the press rights movement internationally. Recent events in Pakistan indicate that attempts by the government to curtail the autonomy of the judiciary have been on the increase. This may have facilitated a temporary unintended pause in the government’s relentless campaign to muzzle the press. But such pauses presage a return to more coercive methods by government against the press, once the messy business of the executive – judicial conflict is brought to a successful halt.

If you peruse the documents accompanying this letter, you will find a chronology of events that cover the continuing conflict between the DAWN Group and the Government of Pakistan in the critical years 2004 to 2007. (Refer Appendix A 1.0) and that reflects some of the main causes of the present breakdown of communication between the government and the DAWN Group.

In the first phase, approximating with the years 2004 to 2005, the Government of Pakistan essentially worked by attempting to exert pressure on the Dawn Group by proxy – the proxy in this case being the Provincial Government of Sindh. It is in Sindh’southern metropolis of Karachi, that the headquarters of the DAWN Group of Newspapers are located.

This period first witnessed the government’s exerting of harsh pressures on our daily evening newspaper – The STAR – by attempting to intimidate and harass journalists with false cases and concocted charges, and by a failed attempt to implicate the writer of this letter, as CEO of the Group, in a totally fabricated incident of terrorism and illegal weapons possession. (Refer Appendix A 1.1.1, to, 1.1.4 and 2.1.2)

This attempt culminated with a complete ban on advertising on DAWN Group newspapers and magazines by the Government of Sindh. However, in response to a petition filed by DAWN’s lawyers, the Sindh High Court ruled in DAWN’s favour. The Sindh Government sensing an impeding debacle withdrew the advertising ban in advance of the Court’s final verdict.

The second stage involved the direct exerting of pressure by the Federal Government itself. After a series of fumbling measures and half-hearted advertisement bans by the Federal Government with respect to DAWN in 2005, a turning point was reached when one of our influential current affairs magazines, the HERALD, published a series of controversial stories and articles from June 2005 onwards on topics such as the Pakistan Government’s war against Al-Qaeda and the Taliban in North and South Wazirstan; a possible resurgence of covert government support to Kashmiri militants; and also on the mushrooming policy debacle for government with respect to the Bugti insurgency in Baluchistan. (Refer Appendix A 1.2.1, to, 1.2.4 and 2.2.2)

In September 2006 when the government approached DAWN in its attempt to seek a news blackout regarding Baluchistan and the troubled FATA agencies of North and South Wazirstan, the editor of DAWN, Mr. Abbas Nasir, and the Directors of the Board of the DAWN Group, concluded that the government’s ‘request’ was unreasonable and needed to be firmly turned down. (Refer Appendix A 2.2.2 September – December 2006)

As a consequence, the government imposed an almost comprehensive ban on Federal Government advertising. (Refer Appendix A 2.2.2t) with an intent to provoke the financial collapse of the DAWN Group.

The DAWN Group had somewhat anticipated events from the increasingly strident tone of government criticism of its news policies and from the subsequent escalation in unreasonable informational demands from the government. As a precautionary measure aimed at reducing large financial deficits, we were forced to suspend the publication of our newspaper, the STAR, an important, but financial deficit generating newspaper, which has existed for over half a century and had been founded by working journalists of the DAWN Group.

Financial conditions within DAWN now became even more vulnerable to outside pressures as a consequence of our decision to commence work on a new TV channel – DAWN News. The grant of television broadcasting licences by the government towards such end is farmed out to a government organisation – the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) set up courtesy of an Ordinance passed in 2002. The President of Pakistan had on three different occasions in the last three years publicly announced that the controversial cross-media ownership rule (illegally tagged onto the PEMRA Ordinance as a subsequent rule/regulation by the authority) would be withdrawn and the large resource of talent available in the print media would be allowed to participate in the burgeoning electronic media revolution in Pakistan. Public opinion expressed itself in the widely held conviction that with the entry of the mainstream print media in the electronic media profession, discriminatory attitudes and the repressive stance of PEMRA with respect to press freedoms in the electronic media (Refer Appendix B & C) would be rolled back. However, the government’s current position in the courts with respect to DAWN’s application for a television broadcast licence (Refer Appendix A 2.3.2) has forced a rapid reassessment of public opinion with respect to the bonafides of government intention and clearly demonstrates that President Musharraf’s government is bent on pursuing a policy of blatant cronyism vis a vis the inclusion of selected and preferred print media houses in the electronic media revolution, and the rejection of others considered as hostile or non-compliant to government needs.

The government also appears determined to continue the domination of all news content on TV channels and on FM radio through harsh and repressive regulatory directives from PEMRA, evidenced in the grant of temporary uplink permissions in place of valid broadcasting licenses to selected channels of PEMRA’s preference.

The recent spate of programmes banned on television by PEMRA and a physical attack engineered by government on the offices of a prominent TV news channel-cum-newspaper office, clearly demonstrate the prevalence of government’s excesses in this matter.

In early December 2005 when the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr Shaukat Aziz summoned the undersigned to a meeting at Governor House (Sindh) to announce the Sindh Government’s decision to withdraw its advertising ban on the DAWN Group, he clearly informed me that the government was keen that DAWN should go ahead and set up a TV channel for the broadcast of English language news. The President’s constant public declarations regarding the withdrawal of the notoriously exclusionary cross-media ownership clause in the PEMRA rules and regulations and Parliament’s decision to finally withdraw this rule have not resulted in the licenses promised to newspaper publishing houses outside of government favour- this despite the passing of the legislation by both houses of Parliament . Such permissions have only been granted arbitrarily to selected groups by the government. This has led to a situation where we, at DAWN, in anticipation of the government decision to implement the new law have set up an entire organisation in Pakistan, employing over 350 journalists, technicians and managerial personnel and are anxiously awaiting the promised government license, all the while being forced to squander large financial outlays in anticipation of this.

The government’s refusal to give us a license mainly stems from our refusal to submit to its unethical pressures while reporting events in Baluchistan and North & South Waziristan. This refusal has become an acute cause of concern for the future financial viability of our publishing group.

Clearly the government would dearly like to see us lay off our journalists as they are viewed as a potential source of unwelcome criticism of government policies, rather than as compliant sheep to be hurriedly shepherded by PEMRA according to government whim.

Our colleagues in organisations devoted to protecting the freedom of the press throughout the world have always been a source of moral inspiration and help to us in our struggle for press freedoms in Pakistan.

We therefore urge you to extend your help in this matter and would appreciate if you address your concerns to the authorities in Pakistan regarding the following areas:

  1. That the advertising ban by the Federal Government on the DAWN Group’s advertising is both unwarranted and unethical and a transparent mechanism to exert pressure on the newspaper group’s policies in contravention of the internationally accepted norms of objective news reporting.
  2. That the decision to withhold a television broadcast license to the DAWN Group by the government is in violation of the judgments of the High Court of Sindh and the consent declarations made by PEMRA and the Federal Minister of Information in the Sindh High Court. Such right should be granted to other applying media groups as well on the same terms .
  3. That the Government of Pakistan continue to submit its policies in Baluchistan and its agreements with the pro Taliban tribesmen of North & South Waziristan to the rigorous assessment of public and media scrutiny.
  4. That the Government of Pakistan desist from abducting and arresting journalists in the judicious performance of their duties, and desist from physically attacking newspaper offices as has occurred last week in Islamabad.

Your concerns in this respect may be addressed to:

  • The President of Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf,
  • The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr Shaukat Aziz,
  • The Acting Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, Justice Rana Bhagwandas,
  • The Federal Minister for Information Development, Government of Pakistan, Mr Mohammed Ali Durrani.

In addition your concerns should also be expressed to other key decision makers in the Government of Pakistan, urging all of them to desist from repressive, illegal and unethical practices deployed in their effort to subvert press freedoms.

For your ease of communication, I am including relevant fax contact details:

  • General Pervez Musharraf, President of Pakistan +9251-9221388
  • Mr Shaukat Aziz, Prime Minister of Pakistan +9251-9212866
  • Justice Rana Bhagwandas, Acting Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan +9251-9213452
  • Mr Mohammed Ali Durrani, Federal Minister for Information Development, Government of Pakistan +9251- 9203740

Thank you in anticipation for your much needed support in this matter.

Yours sincerely,Hameed Haroon
CEO & Publisher,
DAWN Group of Newspapers
Annex A: Summary and Chronology 2004-2007
Annex B: Media Control Through PERMA Ordinance
Annex C: Explanatory Note on the PERMA Rule on Cross Media Ownership
Annex D: Supporting Documentation

61 Comments on “DAWN Under Pressure: Email From Hameed Haroon”

  1. nayyar says:
    March 27th, 2007 12:54 am

    I salute Dawn group for their great “JIHAD-E-SAHASAT”

  2. MQ says:
    March 27th, 2007 1:39 am

    Adil,

    Can ATP initiate a petition to whomever matters on this issue?

  3. ayesha says:
    March 27th, 2007 2:13 am

    My question is: can we do more than just signing a petition here and there?

  4. mahi says:
    March 27th, 2007 2:13 am

    It seems like Musharraf is entering the Zia phase. Time for all Pakistanis, cutting across political views, to stand up for freedom of press and push back this general. Once he muzzles the press, no stopping his repressive and/or regressive policies. Since almost everybody seems to bemoan Zia’s time, I think now’s the time to ensure another disaster doesn’t happen. Good night and good luck.

  5. ayesha says:
    March 27th, 2007 2:20 am

    Actually for starters, the best bet at this point would to be to bring the matter to the attention of ACJP.

    Another option is to feed the story to international press to pressurize the government.

  6. Zain says:
    March 27th, 2007 2:50 am

    This is a battle between those who support freedom (in this case DAWN) and those that feel threatened by it (in this case the government and all other political parties). If Pakistani’s from every section of society stand up to this bullying, the government can’t silence them all.

  7. Saad says:
    March 27th, 2007 5:25 am

    Going by the reaction of general public on what’s happening to the CJ of Pakistan, I don’t see many Pakistanis protesting (in any way possible) on this issue as well.

    We’re a nation of cowards who are always ready to bend over backwards, and always ready to be raped by our brethren in the khaaki. And we very well deserve to be treated in this way, since we’ve lost our conscience and our will to stand against injustice in our society.

  8. Farhan says:
    March 27th, 2007 7:48 am

    Freedom of the Goverment

  9. BitterTruth says:
    March 27th, 2007 9:00 am

    Dawn is an influential group. I wonder why the journalist associations themselves are not criticizing government ban effectively. Perhaps they are not united themselves, perhaps Dawn group in past didn’t raise its voice against such oppression to other newspapers. This is the fate of all institutions who do not respect themselves, they get ruined under the boots. Today is dawn group, someday it will be another but perhaps the oppressor will remain same.

  10. Adnan Ahmad says:
    March 27th, 2007 9:07 am

    I knew something was not right in the last couple of months with the paper. They have been almost silent in the recent saga and now we know why and it is pathetic.

  11. Tariq Malik says:
    March 27th, 2007 10:16 am

    I wonder what happened to much touted slogans of “Enlightened Moderation” and “Freedom of speech” of Mush-regime? First, it was Nawaiwaqt/Nation group, then GEO got hit and now Dawn is the latest victim. Where would it end?

  12. Adam says:
    March 27th, 2007 10:18 am

    I don’t see any mention of this email in the Dawn itself or any other papers at all. Most people in Pakistan think that attack on Geo was a setup by those people themselves, as government are not so stupid to do such a thing. People in Pakistan are not protesting on streets against government, only a few hundred wuklas and political jiyalas. Not like when zulfikar bhutto or Nawaz Sharif were overthrown.

  13. Shameem Siddiqui says:
    March 27th, 2007 10:30 am

    Dawn has written plenty of critcical editorials and opinion pieces about CJ issue, just look at Ayaz Amirs page on their website. So I don’t see any sign of Dawn under pressure, in fact the contrary.

  14. ahsan says:
    March 27th, 2007 10:31 am

    Dear Adil,
    At the end of his above message Mr. Hameed Haroon has detailed the possible actions that could be taken by tha public. He has also given the names of the authorities with their Fax numbers. I suggest that following his advice we do the same collectively as ATP members.
    Ahsan

  15. Samdani says:
    March 27th, 2007 11:13 am

    The reason people don’t know or talk about this much is that this is more subtle pressure (but pressure that hurts)… through advertising and financial crunch. Unlike breaking doors and windows it does not look as scary or dangerous but its impacts can be deeper on the newspaper.

  16. Samdani says:
    March 27th, 2007 11:14 am

    I shouldalso add that part of me wonders how much of this is also Hameed Haroon putting reverse pressure back to get PERMA to approve their news channel?

  17. Adam says:
    March 27th, 2007 11:18 am

    [quote comment="40042"]I shouldalso add that part of me wonders how much of this is also Hameed Haroon putting reverse pressure back to get PERMA to approve their news channel?[/quote]

    That is what I have wondered about as well.

    I have emailed all the email addresses of the Dawn/Herald/Spider people to verify this email from their chairman. So let’s see if they get back to me.

  18. Abdullah H. says:
    March 27th, 2007 12:30 pm

    If you go through the provided documentation in Annex D, you will realize strong tussle between MQM and Dawn group on insufficient coverage of MQM and particularly a report on Star Daily (another paper of Dawn Group) which details relationship of some mafia dawn Shoaib Khan. MQM is an important ally of government and ban is an evident consequence.

  19. aijazzz says:
    March 27th, 2007 2:48 pm

    Hmmm, and I had been thinking all the time that why this Jang group publishes these Altaf Hussain speeches and writings as some very important articles and in fact as research reports. Now I know :)

  20. Roshan says:
    March 27th, 2007 3:41 pm

    X. Major Gaps identified
    • Commitment of young people living with HIV/AIDS is just a concept reflected in National
    AIDS Control Programme but is not implemented by involving YLWHA meaningfully.
    • People living with HIV/AIDS face a lot of stigma and discrimination within the society, so
    cases are mostly unreported and unaddressed.
    I am really upset since I have read this post. Dawn had been one of my favorite newspapers when it was only published from Karachi and people living up in the north used to receive it next day. Now it is being published both from Islamabad and Lahore as well.
    No doubt it is the most well reputed English daily in Pakistan since its inception. The best part which i liked in dawn was that it never highlighted its owners on the front page like many other newspapers in our country who sometimes act like corporate lobbyists. One hardly finds its affiliation with any political party or agenda such as some are attached with Muslim League others with Jamaat and some with Prime Ministers only.
    Hard hitting journalists like Ansar Abbasi, Rauf Klasra, Ikram Hoti and even Shaheen Sehbai have earlier been working in dawn before joining the News back in late 1990′s.

    It is the worst part of our government machinery to curb freedom of expression. It goes on both in military and democratic setups. I still recall the duties imposed by Nawaz government on paper imported by Jang Group and they had to publish daily jang comprised of four pages only due to the paper shortage.

    The detailed letter written by Haroon clearly exposes Musharraf’s cosmetician policy toward the freedom of expression. This setup gives complete freedom of expression to those who write what the government likes. I someone needs to ask from Musharraf what his definition of freedom of expression is. In my opinion the curb on dawn is no less than a removal/suspension/sacking/termination of Justice Chaudhry.
    Those who condemn or criticize government policies and failures are considered security risk or traitors.I suggest that the government has ample resources and can easily promote its agenda by starting the following newspapers
    Musharraf Times
    Shaukatonomy
    Chaudhristan
    Infodurrani
    Arbab-e-Sind

  21. Anwaar says:
    March 27th, 2007 8:01 pm

    This type fo presure from advertising can hurt the entire busienss and can be more devastating than even sending police. I have seen the news of Dawn taking the Sindh government to court on this and I think winning.

  22. Ismail Hussein says:
    March 28th, 2007 1:38 am

    I am surprised that government ads make up so much of a newspaper’s revenue… that suggests something wrong with the economy…

  23. mystic says:
    March 27th, 2007 7:05 pm

    Nisaar main teri galiyon peh ai watan, keh jahan
    Chali hai rasm keh koi na sar utha keh chale
    Jo koi chahane wala tawaaf ko nikale
    Nazar chura keh chale, Jismo-jan bacha keh chale

  24. MajorSahib says:
    March 27th, 2007 10:29 pm

    Dawn grope is weekest of 3 leading englsh dalys in cricetism of govt. They also be cronys and keeps fine balanc betwn chamchagiri and govt nitpickr. This move be based on blackmale of Mushrff and sherdil Showkat Aziz to get mor money from ads and PERMA approvl of channl to go heads-to-heads wiht Geo. In ths age of email, why this Haroon person has not given email addrs insted of fax numbrs, hain ji?

  25. mediamatter says:
    March 28th, 2007 12:00 am

    I find myself equally in (1) support and (2) criticism

    (1) press independence, fourth estate, rule of law
    (2) dawn needs to engage the urdu reading/listening public, not remain english bound elitist (tv and print)

    On both points (1.independence, 2.wide readership) their competition in business, political play with the government has to be seen in comparison with the Jang group. so they might be better off on (1) but worse off on (2) compared with Jang.

    So for the Dawn group I take (2) be very important if we are to give Dawn support in getting their license !

  26. Aqil Sajjad says:
    March 28th, 2007 12:03 am

    Like Samdani, I also wonder whether this letter is also an attempt to create pressure to get a TV channel licence in addition to highlighting the govt’s ban on advertisements.

    On a tangent, it looks like the news is clearly excelling these days. Another excellent story is the following

    $2.2bn projects face closure

    By Ansar Abbasi

    ISLAMABAD: Thirty-seven social sector development and poverty related projects worth more than $2.2 billion face closure after the Asian Development Bank (ADB) refused to grant further extension on the present loan closing dates of these schemes, it is learnt.

    Official documents reveal that seven projects are being closed down immediately while in case of the remaining 30 projects the concerned authorities are being asked to complete them before their respective closing dates or face the music.

    What is really hurting is the fact that a total of $1,434 million has already been disbursed against the endangered projects while $790 million remained un-disbursed. And the irony remains that although the huge amount already disbursed would add to the country’s ever-mounting foreign debt to be paid back by taxpayers, there is no accountability of those responsible for the delay or non-execution of these projects.

    full story at
    http://thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=6774

  27. Saad says:
    March 28th, 2007 12:09 am

    The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) is likely to withdraw its petition filed in the Supreme Court against the consent orders of Sindh High Court (SHC) for the grant of licence to Pakistan Herald Publications (Pvt) Limited (PHPL) to establish a satellite television broadcast station.

    According to PHPL’s counsel Munir A. Malik, the petition will be withdrawn on Wednesday during hearing of the case by a two-member bench comprising Justice Nawaz Abbasi and Justice Raja Fayyaz.

    Dawn.

  28. shak says:
    March 28th, 2007 12:19 am

    Shame on Musharaff.

    His jalsa in Rawalpindi cost One million per minute according to BBC

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/miscellaneous/story/2007/03/070327_mush_meeting_rs.shtml

  29. mediamatters says:
    March 28th, 2007 10:47 am

    for Dawn it does boil down to getting “the license”, and the way to do this reaches nowhere else but the Supreme Court of Pakistan !

    Hence the need for this email to get public sympathy which is also at the moment aligned with the Supreme Judiciary.

    http://dawn.com.pk/2007/03/28/top12.htm

  30. Omar R. Quraishi says:
    March 28th, 2007 11:18 am

    what i’d like to know is that how did adil najam get hold of this — did HH directly email him this with the idea that it be posted on this site?

  31. March 28th, 2007 5:56 pm

    Good work… I think the DAWN group should be more vocal on this issue of the present govt trying to get on hard on the english daily. I suggest bringing this issue on the TV channels. GEO are many reason does not seem to be ‘censored’ news channel. It is quite open on issues relating the govt and its performance.

  32. Saad says:
    March 29th, 2007 1:18 am

    Plea against Dawn group withdrawn from SC.

    ———————————————

    ISLAMABAD, March 28: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) withdrew on Wednesday its petition from the Supreme Court against the consent orders of Sindh High Court (SHC) for the grant of licence to the Pakistan Herald Publications (Pvt) Limited (PHPL) to establish a satellite television broadcast station.

    Advocate Abdul Rauf, the counsel for Pemra, informed a two-member bench of the Supreme Court comprising Justice Muhammad Nawaz Abbasi and Justice Raja Fayyaz Ahmed that the authority was withdrawing its appeal because it had become infructuous, Justice (retd) Tariq Mehmood, who represented the PHPL, told Dawn.

    In the petition, Pemra had taken the view that under its Rule 17(v) it could not grant cross-ownership licence to the PHPL. But in the meanwhile it provided the uplinking facility to another private TV channel (Aaj).

    Being aggrieved, the PHPL moved a contempt of court petition before the SHC.

    Earlier, the PHPL had filed a constitutional petition in the SHC against the Federation of Pakistan and Pemra in Karachi, challenging the qualifications prescribed for eligible applicants for the grant of a licence to establish satellite television.

    The PHPL has contended that the constitutional right of freedom of the press does not permit Pemra to deny a broadcast licence for the sole reason that the applicants are owners or publishers of print media. The petition maintains that Pemra’s rules prescribing such a requirement are in conflict with the Pemra Ordinance itself.

    Dawn

  33. Tanveer Ahmed says:
    March 29th, 2007 4:51 pm

    Certainly an eye opener. I am sure his (Musharaf’s) days are numbered.

  34. Sohail Sahto says:
    March 29th, 2007 5:08 pm

    In fact Daily “Dawn” is the pride of the nation ,we must all join hands with Mr.Hameed Haroon for his Just struggle for the freedom of press in Pakistan as we can not think of living a vibrant life without “DAWN”.I think Mush and his cronism is on a path of self distruction.

  35. March 30th, 2007 11:16 am

    Omar, I have seen this very text circulated on the internet on various newsgroups and listserves. So i know its made its rounds well before Adil posted this…

  36. Omar R. Quraishi says:
    March 31st, 2007 6:18 am

    oh ok — thanks sharmeen — btw might seem odd but how about writing for our pages — i am the editorial pages editor of the news. If interested mail me at omarr.quraishi@thenews.com.pk

  37. bhindigosht says:
    March 31st, 2007 12:19 pm

    Hey Omar, sorry to be off topic, but where is Rauf Klasra? He was a very good reporter…usually right on the mark.

  38. Abbaleo says:
    March 31st, 2007 1:11 pm

    I Love Quaid-e-Azam, so thus Dawn. The only news paper speaks truth.

  39. Saad says:
    April 1st, 2007 12:05 am

    This email is now published at Dawn’s own website/main page.

    Read it here.

  40. mediamatters says:
    April 1st, 2007 8:34 am

    are there any ramifications/consequences following the spread of this email ??? there is also an ad to hire more people at dawnnews.tv today

  41. SS says:
    April 1st, 2007 1:08 pm

    I think

    Hameed and dawn should put a link on their site for contributions of dollars or pounds. on their web site. i dont mind give few bucks to keep these guys floating.

    I was looking for Hameed Haroon’s email or phone.
    The guy gave every one’s fax but forgot to give his phone/fax and email.

  42. Hamza says:
    April 1st, 2007 6:10 pm

    I found an interesting article by Hameed Haroon that outlines his management philosophy for Dawn. Considering the current government pressure on the editorial independence of Dawn, the article gives some background information about how Mr. Haroon views the publishing business.

    http://www.india-seminar.com/2006/561/561%20hameed%20haroon.htm

  43. April 3rd, 2007 3:05 am

    Hats off for a great man of SINDH, Mr.Hameed Haroon! We all citizens and sons of the soil SINDH pray for his long life.
    His courageous personality and love for the land and its folk culture shines his vision for new generation.
    May Almighty Allah Grant him long and healthy life.
    DAWN will remain on top.

  44. Arif Ahmed says:
    April 4th, 2007 5:18 am

    Hello Everybody,

    First of all, its about the Money and the Lisence issue. Nothing else. DAWN has the highest advertisement rates among all newspapers and a cut down on the government ads would not do much because the corporate sector is still there with billions in advertisement budgets and almost 40%-50% targetted for DAWN due to its large circulation and readership. They are also among the lowest pay masters in the journalism industry so no more ‘mere pyare, mazloom journalists’ outcries please. And Star had no respectable readership, it was a pathetic newspaper, and it came down for entirely different reasons.

    A question for Mr. Hameed Haroon: Why is DAWN advertising vacancies for DAWN NEWS when the channel is not operational, when you don’t have the lisence, when the lisence is way too delayed, when you are uncertain that you will get it and when you mentioned you are bearing 350 ‘already hired’ employees?

    Welcome to the world of FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

  45. ishaque khan says:
    April 6th, 2007 8:44 am

    what the faiz ahmed faiz said ,, Matah ah loah oh kalam chin gahi to ka khoon ah dil main dbooh li ah unglian main.
    I think the dawn is a national asset of the country dawn sereved the country in hard time as for as the present goverment attitude is concerend i thinh it is prime duty and strategy of the currenr regime to cursh any positive opinion its started it from dawn amd now the suspended the Chief justice beacuse its dont bear any critic they are seeling in peanut price the national institutions .
    i hope the MR haroon will not be discourge from this act the readrs of the dawn is with them due to current negitive behavour of the rigime dawn became more popular among the masses the hisrtry will punish them.

  46. April 11th, 2007 2:41 am

    You people(Dawn group) are doing great job for the people of Pakistan. Please don’t feel that you are alone we all are with you and keep on doing your job as you did in the past. Well done and keep it up!

  47. mediatatters says:
    April 12th, 2007 2:22 pm

    they have it.

    http://thenews.jang.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=7116

    so it took 2 weeks. not bad for cyber/s/pace

  48. M.shahid akhtar says:
    April 15th, 2007 2:21 pm

    Respested sir,
    With paramount regards,I would like to
    inforem you that I have an idea through
    this idea we can strong ecnomy position
    in Pakistan and get real freedom from
    poverty only within 5years,in Asia within
    10years,in world within 25years.I have
    been also doing work from last 8months
    on this idea and getting desire result.
    Idea is that we have made a wlaefare
    community 1st time in the world.In this
    community all kinds of people include.
    Each person of this community will use
    each person sources and give discount
    to each other.For more information contect
    to me.Regards,Waiting your positive reply.
    M.shahid akhtar,cell.03006732073,Rahim yuar
    khan.

  49. Muhammad Ali says:
    May 22nd, 2007 9:06 pm

    The continued defiance of Dawn in the face of traditional means employed by govt to control freedom of speech in the country is admirable, in order to become truely independent in terms of the content of its Newspaper and News Channel, Dawn should aim to reduce its financial dependence on govt advertising in the long run.
    I don’t see how could one hope to prevent govt interference in editorial policy, as long as any news organization is financially dependent on govt’ financial support.

  50. Abbas zulqurnain says:
    July 4th, 2007 7:59 am

    Hukm-e-hakim hey k dastay faryaad buland na kary koi…….

  51. downlink Frequency of dawn news channel please says:
    July 25th, 2007 1:09 pm

    kindly send dawn news tv downlink frequency please.
    thanks

  52. athar lodhi says:
    July 30th, 2007 7:53 am

    i need ayaz ameer e-mail address

  53. Reema says:
    October 3rd, 2007 3:43 pm

    This is not that I have sent this email to many channels ans news papers but no one gave me results on their tv channel and newspapers
    I hope that you will show me your results in your tv channel and newpaper

    My complaints Are as Under
    R/sir
    My words may be less or more for those people who have the power to govern the Government but it will be best if you will take serious notice against all the ministers and also government servants.

    I Hope that you will also think for our Sindh Province because it is going to get rust in the other districts except Karachi these rusts are so much harmful for us so please take an action against them.

    In the sindh mostly the people are living hand to mouth life due to poverty. even educational instutions are full of our locl political parties so due to that purpose we can not get education from colleges or univerisities the corruption is free from all the laws every one understand that to take bribe is my virtue

    Some of the areas are those where still today no one has been provided the facilities as if they are not the residient of the Pakistan.

    All the things have been too much dear that only the Rich man can purchase if there are the things to purchased by the poor are only the impurified things.

    some of the shop keepers have their own rates
    they donot follow the lists. A thing its cost is noly 5 rupees but after the budget it is to be sold out in 10 rupees and when the reason is to be asked they say that 2 rupees of Government tax and 3 rupees of our profit
    it is only for their own lust.

    Teachers of the institutions are going to be terminated from their schools and colleges and on their posts some of other who are not able to teach the students they are teaching.

    Roads and sports grounds are cracked and the saverage system goes in to the homes of people.

    Inflation and poverty and terrorisim have establish their net here in the Sindh every day that network is spreading day by day and people are going to die by these

    diasastars . Basic needs of every pakistani are Pure water gas and electricity , education , work, and other institutions we could not have got still today .if the institutions are then donot keep value to solve the problems , can not be able to help the people.so the in the Government hospitals the patients are like as the goats and no one comes to care for them The medicines are not available the police is corrupt and on the Bakers the things we use in daily life they are going to sell their things not according to the shops they are saying that their is difference between the quality.

    Always no any one is going out from his house after the sun is to be set out

    Media does not write and show real criminals and not take the serious interviews from the leadres and our politicians and from those who live in the Pakistan

    Hotels are every where our jobless pubilic and students and the wanderer people are wasting their time in the hotels or in the games centres

    the body selling is the profession and drinking wine is the duty and killing people is the fight and corruption is our purpose the development is to rout out the education and

    snatching the rights from the public

    rich has always each and every thing but poor has always nothing that is in our minds that should not be done with poor

    job are not availale only the landlord and feudollords and the police and some unsincere politician are cutting our heads

    the good programmes are not shown to the public

    electricity is always in load shedding the theft of the electricity is the product produced by the it self wapda to fill the pockets.
    they are taking monthly from these people . A rich man or a officor or the leader or the landlord they are paying bills but the bill comes according to their wish
    in the house of poor we can not imagine that where from he will pay.

    Bus stands are not every bus comes and stops any where as that is bus stop there is traffic signal and also the traffic police they are appearing when then they want to get their money from the public and teasing the public and from public the officors and landlord are not following these rules.

    the justice is not available here only the fake cases are full of records Police, Advocate, judge are the involved to make false case and to punish and are hanging them who are innocent people the NGO,s , WHO, and other instituions are not performing very well . day by day pollution and population and the honor killing is increasing .no one is ready to control on it .

    we need the free leaders free media free justice and free democracy free education free jobs free plots free basic rights

    I hope that my words keep no importance but these words can change the pakistan

    ABC channel you must publish my words because these are the words of pakistatni nation so Please send this email to every leader of pakistan every channel of pakistan

    every news paper every court of pakistan every every assembly of pakstan

    I hope that you will do that work we shall pray for you if I heard or saw my words by any pakistani channel or newspaper

  54. February 9th, 2008 1:46 am

    Vist our company website….

  55. Suhail Arshad says:
    March 22nd, 2008 6:11 am

    Please send Dawn NEWS TV downlink frequency

    Thanks

  56. March 22nd, 2008 10:41 am

    Very Thought Provoking!!

    Yaad Karta Hay Zamana Inhi Insanoun Ko
    Roke Laytay Hain Jo Barhtay Huway Toofanoun Ko!!

    The Dawn management is expected to hold to the principals and must never surrender. If people want to read Dawn, they must be kept informed and if the readers decide to support their favorite paper, then nothing can stop them…..

  57. April 7th, 2008 11:25 pm

    Sub: Case Murder miserable mother request please help
    Dear Sir

    I would like to inform you that a miserable mother request to me help her to catch her daughter killers

    Story
    After marry 4 years together Jamela And Enam Uallh

    Enam Ullah merry with Jamila 8 years ago and after merry Enam Ullah pushed own wife to do sex business if she refused Enam Ullah beat own wife and keep her hungry every day finally she helplessness did sex business out site and Enam Ullah always take her different city and to do sex business one day she tired and decide to run away from her husband.

    During sex business period she knew one man Fazal Qadir and hind some where with him with 4 Childs.

    After few days Enam Ullah found Fazir Qadir and demand with Fazal Qadir to return his wife and childs

    But finally Fazal Qadir return,Enam Uallh 4 child but not return his wife after few months Enam Ullah offer to Fazal Qadir that I will give you 50Rs thousands and you return my wife finally Fazal Gadir grady man toke 50Rs thousand and return Enam Ullah wife

    After
    Enam Ullah come with wife at home and talked with younger brother Sami Ullah then they both decide to kill her

    And one day they kill Jamela, first they cut her nose and ears then take out eyes then bind in room after she died painfully they through out her some where no body knew only Enam Ullah and Sami Ullah knew where the through out.
    I request you please investigate this case and ask Enam Uallh Where is his first wife Jamela?

    Details of contacts as below

    Name of killers

    Enam Ullah S/o Inayat Ullah

    Name of killer Sami Ullah S/o Inyat Ulaah.
    Brother of Enam Ullah

    Address: Dakhana Balola Jadeed Zilah Char Sada, Malik Niyazi store ba rasta .Murdan.

    Enam Uallh Relative Contact Numbers
    0916- 560 645.
    Enam Uallh Mobile Number.0302 2597 659
    Sami Ualhh Mobile Number 03468383493
    Salman relative of killers 0300 8377500
    Meraj Nabi relative 0921 560 674

    Name of Jamela Mother.Lal Rehman
    Address Bagh Killy Archen Char sada
    Barasta Murdan
    Old no 091 66600196

    They are both brother and they are killer of
    Jamela first wife of Enam Ullah

    Note:I am not responsible of this case, I just listened this story from Jamela Mother home and promised to help her regarding this case you can investigate clearly by your self and help her this case and catch both killers who killed Jamela.

    Please keep secret my name.
    Thanks you
    Mudadgar Khan
    Volunteer Helper Humane Been

  58. anusha says:
    April 8th, 2008 1:26 pm

    hi I’m Anusha a student of Beconhouse, I have been reading this newspaper from since I was at the age of six, I think it improves your english and grammer skills.Dawn newspaper has lots of great articles for every age, I think you people are doing a fantastic job.

  59. hasir says:
    May 7th, 2008 9:36 am

    i want to study seperit

  60. Sara says:
    October 11th, 2009 10:53 pm

    So Hameedi Haroon …How is Sir Goblin and all things in the land
    of the pure?

    SARA

  61. December 22nd, 2009 12:27 am

    Join Protesting March for the christians of Gojra Tragedy.
    On 5 January 2009 Led by Rev.Bishop John Samual. It will start from press club Islam Abad to Parliment lodges Islam Abad.
    Strong Apeal
    All and sundry(relegious,political,social workers,lawyers,students,women and hearetfelt christians and muslims) are requested to join this March against the tragedy of Gojra.
    In the tragedy of Gojra,seven men,women and children were burnt.Houses were set on fire ,churches and The Holy Bibles were disgraced.Plese joinhands in this peaceful March for the rights of humanity,especially the christians of Gojra and Pakistan.The main purpose of this March is to make the authorities realise that the main criminals of Gojra Tragedy are still at large.None have been punished uptill now.Five months have passed,but there is no justice.The rights of christians shoud be uplifted.Lift up our voice and prove harmony and unity with us.Your participation can bring about a positive revolution in this period of sufferings and pains.Since affected peoples specially Hameed family are in miserable condition.
    Followings are thankful for your active participation.
    All Pakistan Christian Unity
    Presided by MR.Shahbaz Hameed
    Special co-operation
    1-Dauntless daughter of christian comunity Madam Nyla J-Dayal.(chairman of Christian Progressive Movement Islam Abad)
    2- Respactable Sir Johnson Michael(Ex.M.P.A)
    3-Mr. Finyas Paul(Distirct Member Gojra)
    4-All Christians of Gojra and Pakistan.

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