Media Wars: Journalists, Generals and Jihadis
Conducted by Lawrence Pintak, founding dean,
The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication
Lawrence Pintak and guests, Azhar Abbas, managing director of GEO TV, and Osama Bin Javaid, chief editor of Dawn News, discuss the complex relationship between media, government, and the insurgency in Pakistan as the Afghan conflict spills across the border and relations between Islamabad and Washington deteriorate. They spoke on October 4, 2011, before a live audience at the City University of New York.
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with Azhar Abbas and Osama Bin Javaid
Azhar Abbas is the managing director at GEO TV, a leading Pakistani
television network. GEO TV has been praised by Western leaders,
along with many across the Muslim world, for its coverage of Pakistani
government and politics.
Abbas' three brothers have also achieved success in the profession. They
include Mazhar Abbas, a Pakistani journalist who was honored with an
International Press Freedom Award in 2007 in New York, and Maj. General
Athar Abbas, military spokesman for the Pakistani Defence Forces.
Osama Bin Javaid is a television anchor and reporter for Dawn News, a leading television news channel in Pakistan. His professional journey in broadcast news includes coverage of courts, social issues, and natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes. Javaid developed the ability to report and analyze public affairs through his extensive experience with government agencies and non-government organizations along with previous stints in journalism at BBC and Reuters. In 2006 he represented Pakistan during a course on international leadership that was organized by the United Nations University International Leadership Institute. Javaid is also a part of Agahi, an initiative which aims to increase the the capacity of investigative journalism and responsible reporting in Pakistan.
The Murrow College and Northwest Public Radio and Television thank CUNY Graduate School of Journalism for hosting and taping this event.
Azhar Abbas and Osama Bin Javaid
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"Media Wars: Journalists, Generals
and Jihadis" was made possible
through the generous support of
John "Jack" and Jan Creighton and the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation.