This is the first book on environmental journalism in South Asia. It provides an important benchmark for journalism in the region as well as an excellent source of material for the future evolution of environmental journalism. This is a collection of essays by prominent Indian and South Asian environmental journalists. Apart from essays from India, there are contributions from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and the Maldives. The essays examine this specialization of journalism both historically and in the present.
Chapter 14: Uphill and Downstream in Pakistan
Uphill and Downstream in Pakistan
It was Saneeya who first introduced me and many Pakistani journalists to the concept of ‘environmental journalism’. She had been my editor at the Star Weekend, the magazine section of Karachi's daily evening The Star and, fed up of ‘the red scribbles from upstairs’, left in early 1988 to join the communication unit of the Karachi office of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the World Conservation Union.1 Those were the Zia years,2 and writers of a progressive, liberal bent were often banned. We'd smuggle them on the pages under pseudonyms (some had several reincarnations) until the powers-that-be discovered their identities and booted them out again. Politics, journalism and gender were interlinked in ...