Asma Shirazi (Journalist)

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Born in Islamabad, Asma Shirazi has a Postgraduate Degree in Political Science. Asma Shirazi started her career with the media industry in 2001. She has substantial experience as a news reporter and program anchor. She joined SAMAA in July 2010 and since then hosts a weekend program.[1] Asma Sherazi Biography
  • Personal
  • Name:

    Asma Shirazi

  • Native name:

    عاصمہ شیرازی

  • Famous As:

    Pakistani journalist and political commentator

  • Nationality:

    Pakistani

  • Residence:

    Islamabad,Pakistan

  • Education:

    Postgraduate Degree in Political Science

  • Alma mater:

    Punjab University

  • Religion:

    Islam

  • Profession:

    Journalist,Anchor Person

  • Affiliation(s):

    Dawn News

  • Started career:

    Media industry in 2001

  • Height:

    5 ft 3 in (1.60m)

  • Years active:

    2001-present

  • Television:

    Aaj News

  • Maritial Status:

    Married

  • Joined SAMAA:

    July 2010

  • joined ARY News :

    2007

  • Joined GEO Team:

    2002

  • Asma Sherazi Show on:

    Parliamentary affairs,Parliament Cafeteria

  • Worked with:

    Various news channels including GEO News, ARY News, Samaa TV and Dawn News.

  • She currently hosts a Talk Show:

    Faisla Awam Ka

  • Born
  • Date:

    1 January 1976

  • Zodiac:

    Capricorn

  • Place:

    Islamabad

Introduction

Born in Islamabad in 1976, Shirazi has a postgraduate degree in Political Science from Punjab University in Lahore. She started her career from PTV in 2000 and then joined the launch team of GEO News in 2002. She joined ARY News in 2007 and then SAMAA TV in July 2010, all major independent networks operating in Pakistan, before joining Dawn News Television in 2012 as Senior Anchorperson and Analyst. Asma Shirazi s also the first female Parliamentary Correspondent for electronic media in Pakistan, produced from inside the Parliament building. .Her show on parliamentary affairs, “Parliament Cafeteria,” was widely popular across Pakistan–until it was banned by the Musharraf regime. Media workers in Pakistan face threats from both the government and extremists.Pakistan is ranked 158th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. With seven journalists murdered in 2013, it is also one of the world’s deadliest countries for media personnel.[2] Asma Sherazi Introduction

Career

Asma Shirazi is a popular Pakistani journalist, anchorperson who has worked with various news channels including GEO News, ARY News, Samaa TV and Dawn News. She is most popular for her current affair program Faisla Awam Ka on Dawn News.Asma started her career with GEO News in 2001. She later joined ARY News as an anchor and host of current affairs program. She joined SAMAA TV in July 2010 and later joined DAWN TV. She currently hosts a Talk Show, "Faisla Awam Ka". Asma Shirazi is Pakistan's first female war correspondent and host was also named 2014 Winner of Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism in 2014. She in her talk show Faisla Awam Ka reported on conflicts that include the 2006 Israel-Lebanon war, Taliban violence on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in 2009 and General Pervez Musharraf's 2007 state of emergency. She also hosted two popular television talk shows, including one on parliamentary affairs that Musharraf banned when he clamped down on independent news coverage.[3] Asma Sherazi Career

Unsung heroes in pakistan press

Shirazi, Pakistan's first female war correspondent and host of popular TV talk show “Faisla Awam Ka” on DawnNews, made the comments as she accepted the 2014 Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism. Shirazi said she was encouraged by the recognition but noted that the country remains one of the most dangerous in the world for news reporters, with 99 journalists killed in the line of duty since 2000. Journalists in Pakistan “are working in an environment where they could be killed anytime,” she told the award ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington. “I dedicate this award to the unsung heroes of journalism in Pakistan who sacrificed their lives for the cause of their profession.” She said this includes many working in remote areas who “are endangering their lives on every spur of the moment.” The situation is one of “extreme gravity,” she said, noting that reporters have been beheaded, tortured, and killed in suicide bombings. “Despite these dangers and difficulties, Pakistani journalists continue unabated with the task at hand, to give voice to the voiceless, to speak truth to power and to tell everybody the everyday story of our life,” she said. She added that the prize offers “an opportunity to raise my voice against the brutality that journalists in Pakistan are subjected to.” “I expect this award to promote the true meaning of courage and ethical journalism in Pakistan.” Pamela Constable, the Washington Post journalist who introduced Shirazi, praised the recipient for her dedication. “It’s not easy to be a woman in Pakistan, and it's not easy to be a journalist who is committed to speaking or writing the truth,” she said. “It's especially hard to be both.” The award, named for the late AFP journalist Peter Mackler, is administered by Global Media Forum in partnership with AFP and Reporters Without Borders. Shirazi reported on conflicts that include the 2006 Israel-Lebanon war, Taliban violence on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in 2009 and former military ruler of Pakistan General (retd) Pervez Musharraf's 2007 state of emergency. She also hosted two popular television talk shows, including one on parliamentary affairs that Musharraf banned when he clamped down on independent news coverage. Pakistan is currently ranked 158th out of 180 countries in the World Press Freedom Index published by Reporters Without Borders. Shirazi in the sixth recipient of the award, and the first from Pakistan. Last year's winner was Sudanese journalist Faisal Mohammed Salih.[4]Asma Sherazi Award Ceremony

Asma Shirazi Peter Mackler award

Pakistan’s first female war correspondent and TV host Asma Shirazi has won one of the most prestigious awards in journalism. Asma Shirazi, Pakistan's first female war correspondent and host of popular TV talk shows, was named 2014 Winner of Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism on Friday. Shirazi reported on conflicts that include the 2006 Israel-Lebanon war, Taliban violence on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in 2009 and General Pervez Musharraf's 2007 state of emergency. She also hosted two popular television talk shows, including one on parliamentary affairs that Musharraf banned when he clamped down on independent news coverage. “We are thrilled to recognise the courage and dedication to journalistic ethics that Ms Shirazi has displayed every day of her career,” said Camille Mackler, Project Director for the Peter Mackler Award. At great personal risk and defying death threats, Shirazi ensures “that unbiased, free information is available throughout Pakistan,” Mackler said. Shirazi is the second woman to win the award since its creation in 2008, after Honduran radio news editor Karla Rivas won in 2011. Shirazi's award pays “tribute to the courage of those who fight for freedom of information in Pakistan, where seven journalists were murdered in connection with their work in 2013,” said Delphine Halgand, US director of media watchdog Reporters Without Borders. “AFP is happy to be associated with this recognition of Asma Shirazi's great courage and perseverance in reporting on conflict and politics in Pakistan despite the personal dangers she faced,” said David Millikin, AFP's director for North America. The award, named for the late Agence France-Presse , will be presented at a ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington on October 23. The Award is administered by Global Media Forum in partnership with AFP and Reporters Without Borders. Pakistan is currently ranked 158th out of 180 countries in the World Press Freedom Index published by Reporters Without Borders.[5] Asma Sherazi Win Peter Mackler award  


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