|Pakistan & its crises: a journalist’s perspective
Chatham House 6-7pm Monday October 11
|Pakistan, its journalists and the stories the West forgets
School of Oriental & African Studies 6-8pm Wednesday October 13
|Pakistan’s journalists – lifting the lid
Guardian Foundation, 7pm Friday October 15
For more information contact Mustafa Qadri on email[at]mustafaqadri.net
Through three decades of war in neighboring Afghanistan, Pakistani journalist Rahimullah Yusufzai has been the ultimate fixer, the man foreign reporters—from Lawrence Wright to Seymour Hersh—go to for the lay of the land or to arrange a hard-to-get interview with a militia commander. The fifty-six-year-old resident editor of The News, Pakistan’s largest English-language daily, was the first to report on the Taliban movement from Kandahar and has interviewed the Taliban chief Mullah Omar and Osama bin Laden on several occasions.
Beena Sarwar is a journalist and documentary filmmaker focusing on human rights, gender, media, and peace with extensive experience with the print media and television in Pakistan and abroad. She was the founding editor of weekly The News on Sunday, Pakistan, in 1994, has been the OpEd Editor of daily The News, and is Contributing Editor in Pakistan for monthly Himal Southasian, Kathmandu. Since completing her Masters in Television Documentary (Goldsmiths College, University of London, 2001) she has made several documentaries and worked as a producer with Geo Television news, Pakistan’s first 24-hour news channel. She was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, where she returned a Fellow at Harvard University’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, working on a book about democratic struggles in Pakistan.
Quatrina is the director of Current Affairs at Express News television station and host of popular political talk show Siyasi Log that provides contrasting perspectives from leading political personalities on various issues of national and international importance. Based in Islamabad, Quatrina keeps a check on the most topical happenings in the political nerve centre of the country.
Mustafa is an independent journalist based in Pakistan who writes regularly for the Guardian’s Comment is Free website, The Australian newspaper and is a Pakistan correspondent for Radio National Australia. He is responsible for organising the journalists’ visit to London.