Wednesday, January 4, 2012


You Are Watching : DAWN NEWS

Type                             Daily newspaper
Format                          Broadsheet
Owner                           Dawn Group of Newspapers
Publisher                       Khawaja Kaleem Ahmed
Editor                            Zaffar Abbas
Founded                        1941, Delhi, British India
Headquarters                 Karachi, Pakistan
Official website    

Dawn is Pakistan's oldest and widely read English-language newspaper. One of the country's two largest English-language dailies, it is the flagship of the Dawn Group of Newspapers, published by Pakistan Herald Publications, which also owns the Herald,magazine, the evening paper The Star and Spider, an information technology magazine.
It was founded in 1941 by Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah in Delhi, India. The newspaper has offices in Karachi (Sindh), Lahore, and the federalcapital Islamabad, as well as representatives abroad. As of 2004, it has a weekday circulation of over 138,000.

Early history
Founded by Mohammad Ali Jinnah on October 26, 1941 as a mouthpiece for the Muslim League, Dawn originally a weekly publication, published in New Delhi. 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 cause and welfare of the peoples of this sub continent generally.
Dawn became a daily newspaper in October 1942 under the leadership of its first editor, Pothan Joseph. In 1944 Altaf Husain took over as the editor and brought nationwide awareness of its daily circulation. After the creation of Pakistan, Hussain moved the newspaper to the then federal capital Karachi. Under the instruction of the owner, Mr. Jinnah, it became the official organ of the Pakistan Muslim League in Delhi, and the sole voice of the Muslims in English language reflecting and espousing the cause of the Muslims of India. Hussain, as the journal's editor, galvanised the Muslims of India by his editorials, which earned him wrath of the Congress Party as well as Lord Mountbatten, the last Viceroy and Governor General of the British Raj.
In 1947, senior Dawn staff led by Altaf Hussain set off for Karachi to launch a local edition starting August 15, 1947. Under Yusuf Haroon a close confidant of Mr. Mohammad Ali Jinnah was given the task to facilitate the publication. The offices of the newspaper were housed in the small premises on the commercially busy and a crowded narrow street known as South Napier Road, in premises belonging to Haroon. He was at that time planning to bring out a newspaper called "The Herald" but agreed to publish DAWN at his facilities, at the bidding of Mr. Jinnah. The street where Dawn was first published is now known as Altaf Hussain Road. Dawn became a most outspoken publication under the editorship of Hussain, who fiercely opposed the tyranny and corrupt politicians and military dictators after the independence of Pakistan. In 1965, Hussain resigned as editor when he accepted the invitation of President General Ayub Kh to join his government as a cabinet minister.

In addition, Dawn regularly carries syndicated articles from western newspapers like The Independent, The Guardian, the Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post.
In Pakistan Dawn has in-paper magazines such as Sci tech World, Young World Images etc.
On Sundays, the weekend advertiser carries three sections namely "Ad Buzz", Career

Regular op-ed contributors include Ardeshir Cowasjee, Irfan Husain, Nadeem F. Paracha, Muhammad Hanif, Asma Jahangir, Jawed Naqvi, I.A. Rehman, Ayesha Siddiqa, Humair Ishtiaq, Anwar Syed, Cyril Almeida, Kamran Shafi, Huma Yusuf, Kunwar Idris, Kuldip Nayar, Mahir Ali, Dr Tariq Rahman, Amb Tariq Fatemi, Dr Riffat Hassan, Zubeida Mustafa, A.G. Noorani, Ahmad Faruqui, Zafar Masud, Asghar Ali Engineer, Rafia Zakaria, Murtaza Razvi and Shada Islam.
Other op-ed contributors include Pervez Hoodbhoy, Prof Mohammad Waseem, Nasser Yousaf, Faizullah , Beena Sarwar, Bina Shah, Rakesh Mani, Asha'ar Rehman, S.M. Naseem, Dr Ishrat Hussain, Yaqoob Khan Bangash, Nilofar Farrukh, Shahid M. Amin, Anees Jillani, Brig Javed Hussain and Rina Saeed Khan

24-hour news channel
After two months of test transmissions, the publishing company behind the newspaper launched Pakistan's first 24-hour news channel, Dawn News, in July 2007. However, due to financial difficulties, the broadcast language was switched from English to Urdu in May 2010.

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