My Journalism in First Quarter of 2023
Recap of Adnan Aamir's journalism in first quarter of 2023
Covering Pakistan for Nikkei Asia
In Pakistan, there is always some interesting news development, which needs to be covered. In the first quarter following are the major stories I covered for Nikkei Asia.
In this story, I explained the sudden blocking of Wikipedia in Pakistan for 48 hours and the significance of this development in the context of digital rights in Pakistan.
I explained how youth in record numbers is leaving Pakistan in hopes of better economic opportunities. Apart from the economic meltdown, the precarious security situation was also a major contributing factor.
This was among the many stories I did on the ongoing political crisis in Pakistan. The Supreme court ordered holding elections in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa within 90 days of the dissolution of assemblies. The Election Commission of Pakistan did not implement the order.
This was the third cover story that I produced for Nikkei Asia. This story which focused on Pak-Afghan relations took more than two months to produce. This long story explains, with the help of anecdotes and analysis, how Pakistan has been let down by the Afghan Taliban regime in Afghanistan.
Winning Another Award
Our story “Road to nowhere: China’s Belt and Road Initiative at tipping point" won the Best in Business Awards 2022 in the General Excellence category in Medium Division. The award was announced by the U.S. Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW).
This story was a team work, where I was the lead writer, and Marwaan Macan-Markar, Shaun Turton, Cissy Zhou, and Grace Li also contributed to the story. In this story, with the aid of visually rich content, we explained how Chinese investments under Belt and Road initiative have hit a roadblock in Asia.
Digital Media Alliance of Pakistan (DigiMAP) Grows!
DigiMAP is an alliance of independent non-legacy digital media platforms. It was founded in November 2020 and Balochistan Voices was one of the founding members of this alliance. I was elected the Secretary General of DigiMAP for the first term of 2021-23.
In March, I was again re-elected Secretary General of DigiMAP for a second term of 203-25. It’s pure volunteer work and takes a lot of my time, however, I am committed to it in order to strengthen the independent voices in the digital media landscape of Pakistan.
The Final Word
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