Archive for April, 2014

Switch: Making Our Own Media

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Saturday, 3rd May 2014 | 7:00 pm

It is becoming increasingly evident that the mainstream news media is failing to deliver intelligent, nuanced, compelling content. Audiences are ready for a change but existing media structures are neither equipped nor inclined to experiment with new models. Globally, technology has catalyzed a major shift in the way media is created and consumed. Citizens now have the tools and means to take control and create their ‘own’ media.

Making Our Own Media

What opportunities are there for alternative media making considering the vibrant startup scene in Pakistan? How can journalists, entrepreneurs and citizens come together to innovate in this space? What openings does ‘digital’ offer for alternative media making by citizens? How can online content be monetized? Will 3G/4G have an impact on content dissemination models?

Join us at T2F for a panel discussion on forging a new media as we try to find answers to these questions and more with our panelists.

Afaque Riaz Ahmed is the founder of The Education Enrichment Foundation (EduEnrich) and the Chairman of Karachi Institute of Technology and Entrepreneurship (KITE).

Fahad Desmukh is an independent journalist for Public Radio International (PRI) and the BBC.

Imran Shirvanee is the CEO of the DaesTV project for Beehive People’s Media. He produces socio-political programming for television, radio and online media and teaches media activism at various institutions.

Munizeh Sanai is the former GM of Programming, Marketing and Digital at CityFM89.

Sehrish Shaban is the Managing Editor of Carbonated.tv. She has been in the online media space for the last decade with organisations including washingtonpost.com, Reuters, and PBS and has consulted for Times of India’s digital properties.

This event will be live tweeted by @MindYourMediaPK and live-streamed at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/thesecondfloor

Mind Your Media is a project of the Pakistan Coalition of Ethical Journalism and PeaceNiche. The initiative’s debate and lecture series will bring together decision makers at top news organizations, journalists and activists to explore the media landscape and the ethical challenges faced by the news media in Pakistan.

Date: Saturday, 3rd May, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm
Suggested Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


Report and Recommendations of the Media Commission

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Tuesday, 29th April 2014 | 4:00 pm

Please join Mind Your Media, in partnership with Citizens’ Initiative on Media Issues (CIMI) and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), for the launch of the Media Commission Report at Avari Towers Hotel.

Justice (retd.) Nasir Aslam Zahid, the Chairman of the Media Commission will share opening remarks after which Senator (retd.) Javed Jabbar, Member of the Media Commission and founder of CIMI, will introduce the report. This will be followed by a panel discussion with industry leaders; Dr. Seemi Naghmana Tahir (Professor, Mass Communications, Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science & Technology, Karachi), Afia Salam (writer, media researcher and digital rights advocate), Owais Tohid (former Director News, Geo English, Ary and Dunya), Prof. Tahir Masood (Chairman, Dept. of Mass Communications, University of Karachi), and Owais Aslam Ali (Chairman, Pakistan Press Foundation). The panel will be moderated by Rahma Mian (Project Director, Mind Your Media at PeaceNiche). The event will conclude with a Q&A session with the audience.

Mind Your Media

The Supreme Court in January 2013 formed a media commission chaired by Justice (R) Nasir Aslam Zahid and Senator (R) Javed Jabbar to look into the controversies tied to the business of media in Pakistan. This was in response to the petition filed by journalists Hamid Mir and Absar Alam against corruption in the media and allegations of a secret fund maintained by the government to control the media.

The report was submitted to the court in May 2013 following which the Citizens’ Initiative on Media Issues (CIMI) organized eight roundtables around the country to discuss the recommendations. This publication includes the feedback from the roundtables, views of the Govt. of Pakistan and the National Assembly Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage.

Mind Your Media is a project of the Pakistan Coalition of Ethical Journalism and PeaceNiche. The initiative’s debate and lecture series will bring together decision makers at top news organizations, journalists and activists to explore the media landscape and the ethical challenges faced by the news media in Pakistan.

Date: Tuesday, 29th April, 2014
Time: 4:00 pm
Venue: Khursheed Mahal, Avari Towers Hotel, Karachi
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


Performance Poetry featuring Avaes Mohammad + Open Mic

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Thursday, 24th April 2014 | 6:00 pm

T2F and Spoken Stage present an evening of performance poetry featuring London based alchemist-artist Avaes Mohammad, followed by an Open Mic session.

Avaes Mohammad (Poet, Playwright & Performer) developed his voice with influences stretching from the Sufi-Saints of South Asia to the Dub-Poets of Jamaica and has since performed his poetry on stages across the UK, Denmark, India, Pakistan and South Africa. He has also appeared extensively on radio, and his poem ‘Bhopal’ commissioned by BBC Radio 4, went on to win an Amnesty International Media Award in 2005.

Avaes Mohammad

Date: Thursday, 24th April, 2014
Time: 6:00 pm
Suggested Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


Qavvaali featuring Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Friday, 18th April 2014 | 7:30 pm

Join us at T2F for a classical qavvaali performance by the Najmuddin Saifuddin and Brothers, scions of Ustad Bahauddin Khan.

Keeping the flame of the Delhi Gharana alive, Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers perform traditional qavvaali, perfected over 20 years of live performances around the world. The troupe has toured throughout Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and across South Asia and have received multiple accolades for their renditions.

In addition to performances, Najmuddin Saifuddin and Brothers are committed to sharing their art and knowledge by presenting lectures and workshops about the age-old institution of qavvaali.

Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers

Date: Friday, 18th April, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm
Entry: Rs. 300
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


The Act of Killing: Film Screening and Skype Conversation with Joshua Oppenheimer

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Saturday, 12th April 2014 | 6:00 pm

The Act of Killing is about killers who have won, and the sort of society they have built. Unlike ageing Nazis or Rwandan génocidaires, death squad leader Anwar Congo and his friends have not been forced by history to admit they participated in crimes against humanity. Instead, they have written their own triumphant history, becoming role models for millions of young paramilitaries. The Act of Killing is a journey into the memories and imaginations of the perpetrators, offering insight into the minds of mass killers.

The Act of Killing is a nightmarish vision of a frighteningly banal culture of impunity in which killers can joke about crimes against humanity on television chat shows, and celebrate moral disaster with the ease and grace of a soft shoe dance number.

The Act of Killing

Running Time: 159 minutes
Director: Joshua Oppenheimer
Co-Directors: Christine Cynn & Anonymous

Raw, terrifying, and painfully difficult to watch, The Act of Killing offers a haunting testament to the edifying, confrontational power of documentary cinema.

This event is co-hosted by Siraj Ali who runs the unofficial Eqbal Ahmad page on Facebook. If you are a follower of Eqbal Ahmad or are curious about his work and legacy, do stop by and meet up with other fans before the screening.

Date: Saturday, 12th April, 2014
Time: 6:00 pm
Suggested Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
Address | Map

Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.