Dawn (newspaper) | Wikipedia audio article

Dawn (newspaper) | Wikipedia audio article


Dawn (stylized as DAWN) is Pakistan’s oldest,
leading and most widely read English-language newspaper. It is one of the country’s three largest English-language
dailies and the flagship of the Dawn Group of Newspapers. DAWN is published by Pakistan Herald Publications,
which also owns the magazine Herald, the information technology magazine Spider, and the advertising
marketing and media magazine Aurora. It was founded by Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali
Jinnah in Delhi, India, on 26 October 1941 as a mouthpiece for the Muslim League. The first issue was printed at Latifi Press
on 12 October 1942. The newspaper has offices in Karachi (Sindh),
Lahore (Punjab), and the federal capital Islamabad, and representatives abroad. As of 2010, it has a weekday circulation of
over 109,000. The CEO of Dawn group is Hameed Haroon, and
the current editor of Dawn is Zaffar Abbas. On 24 March 2016, it became the first newspaper
to oppose the resumption of the death penalty in Pakistan.==Pre-Independence history==Dawn began as a weekly publication, published
in New Delhi in 1941. Under the instruction of Mr. Jinnah, it became
the official organ of the All India Muslim League in Delhi, and the sole voice of the
Muslims League in the English language, reflecting and espousing the cause of the independence
of Pakistan. Jinnah summed up the paper’s purpose when
he stated: “The Dawn will mirror faithfully the views
of Hindustan’s Muslims and the All Hindustan Muslim League in all its activities: economic,
educational and social and more particularly political, throughout the country fearlessly
and independently and while its policy will be, no doubt, mainly to advocate and champion
the cause of the Muslims and the policy and programme of the All Hindustan Muslim League,
it will not neglect the cause and welfare of the peoples of this sub-continent generally”. Dawn became a daily newspaper in October 1944
under the leadership of its editor, Pothan Joseph, who later resigned in 1944 to take
up the position of the government’s Principal Information Officer in part because of differences
with Jinnah over the Pakistan Movement. He was succeeded by Altaf Husain who as the
journal’s editor, galvanised the Muslims of India for independence by his editorials,
which earned him ire of the Congress Party and of Lord Mountbatten, the last Viceroy
and Governor General of the British Raj both of whom wanted a united India. In 1947, senior Dawn staff led by Altaf Husain
set off for Karachi to launch a local edition starting 15 August 1947.==Features==
Dawn regularly carries syndicated articles from western newspapers like The Independent,
The Guardian, the Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post. On Sundays, the weekend advertiser carries
three sections namely “Ad Buzz”, “Career” & “Real Estate”.==24-hour news channel==
After two months of test transmissions, the publishing company behind the newspaper launched
Pakistan’s first 24-hour English news channel, Dawn News, in July 2007. However, due to financial difficulties, the
broadcast language was switched from English to Urdu in May 2010.==Relations with WikiLeaks==
On 19 May 2011, Dawn Media Group signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Julian Assange,
founder of WikiLeaks, for the exclusive first use in Pakistan of all the secret US diplomatic
cables related to political and other developments in the country.An announcement printed in
the newspaper and posted on the website read: The Dawn Media Group and Julian Assange, Chief
Executive of Sunshine Press Productions, the publishing arm of WikiLeaks, have signed a
Memorandum of Understanding for the exclusive first use in Pakistan of all the secret US
diplomatic cables related to political and other developments in the country.==Leak controversy==
A Dawn’s staffer’s story, “Act against militants or face international isolation, civilians
tell military” became a big scandal due to which Information minister Pervaiz Rashid
resigned from his post, following a preliminary investigation established a ‘lapse’ on his
part vis-à-vis the publication of the ‘planted’ story.==See also==Dawn News
List of newspapers in Pakistan Abbas Nasir

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