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Leading editors and prominent journalists launch the Pakistan Digital Editors Alliance (PDEA)

Islamabad, Pakistan — Editors from leading digital news platforms in Pakistan have come together to announce the launch of the Pakistan Digital Editors Alliance (PDEA),…

Leading editors and prominent journalists launch the Pakistan Digital Editors Alliance (PDEA)

Islamabad, Pakistan — Editors from leading digital news platforms in Pakistan have come together to announce the launch of the Pakistan Digital Editors Alliance (PDEA), an organisation committed and dedicated to working towards strengthening quality journalism and reviving newsrooms to make them more sustainable.

The PDEA comprises editors, journalists, and representatives from the digital divisions of leading news organizations across Pakistan. The members of PDEA’s Governing Body include; Mahim Maher, Haroon Rashid, Zeeshan Haider, Jahanzaib Haque, Manzar Elahi, Zain Siddiqui, and Hassan Belal Zaidi.

It aims to address the challenges faced by Pakistan’s news industry as it transitions from conventional journalism models and adapts to the evolving trends and patterns established by digital media. It is envisioned as a platform for digital editors to collectively work towards common challenges that plague journalism in the country, including but not limited to freedom of media, attacks on journalists, and sustainability and viability of independent journalism.

“Digital editors across Pakistan are no stranger to working with numbers—but do so often in lonely isolation in a secretive, competitive field, which is why I am relieved to say now that there will be strength in our numbers in the shape of this alliance, the PDEA,” says Mahim Maher, convener for the alliance. “It gives me hope that this platform will work towards the financial and journalistic survival of our newsrooms and welcome more colleagues who see themselves transitioning into digital.”

The PDEA will also  focus on the diversification of revenue streams within the newsrooms, and promote the idea of a more sustainable revenue generation. As digital evolution shapes the global economy, South Asian markets such as Pakistan, which lack both political economy and market power, are confronted with distinct challenges that require concerted efforts and effective strategies.

“Due to the lack of prospects for revenue generation, it is imperative for newsrooms to explore potential revenue streams for financial stability and long-term sustainability,” says Asad Baig, director and co-founder at MMfD. “The PDEA has made it a priority to strive towards sustainable revenue-sharing mechanisms for newsrooms while simultaneously tackling challenges posed by Big Tech’s exploitative practices, and I am glad to share that Media Matters for Democracy will provide its full support to further the cause of PDEA”.

The PDEA’s foundation is grounded in extensive research conducted over the years by MMfD into the news media landscape of Pakistan. PDEA has been established on the principles of ensuring strengthening of pluralist democratic values and fundamental human rights, mainly media and digital freedoms. The body is independent of all ideological, political, government and religious bodies and remains so for the length of its existence.

Leading editors and prominent journalists launch the Pakistan Digital Editors Alliance (PDEA)

Islamabad, Pakistan — Editors from leading digital news platforms in Pakistan have come together to announce the launch of the Pakistan Digital Editors Alliance (PDEA), an organisation committed and dedicated to working towards strengthening quality journalism and reviving newsrooms to make them more sustainable.

The PDEA comprises editors, journalists, and representatives from the digital divisions of leading news organizations across Pakistan. The members of PDEA’s Governing Body include; Mahim Maher, Haroon Rashid, Zeeshan Haider, Jahanzaib Haque, Manzar Elahi, Zain Siddiqui, and Hassan Belal Zaidi.

It aims to address the challenges faced by Pakistan’s news industry as it transitions from conventional journalism models and adapts to the evolving trends and patterns established by digital media. It is envisioned as a platform for digital editors to collectively work towards common challenges that plague journalism in the country, including but not limited to freedom of media, attacks on journalists, and sustainability and viability of independent journalism.

“Digital editors across Pakistan are no stranger to working with numbers—but do so often in lonely isolation in a secretive, competitive field, which is why I am relieved to say now that there will be strength in our numbers in the shape of this alliance, the PDEA,” says Mahim Maher, convener for the alliance. “It gives me hope that this platform will work towards the financial and journalistic survival of our newsrooms and welcome more colleagues who see themselves transitioning into digital.”

The PDEA will also  focus on the diversification of revenue streams within the newsrooms, and promote the idea of a more sustainable revenue generation. As digital evolution shapes the global economy, South Asian markets such as Pakistan, which lack both political economy and market power, are confronted with distinct challenges that require concerted efforts and effective strategies.

“Due to the lack of prospects for revenue generation, it is imperative for newsrooms to explore potential revenue streams for financial stability and long-term sustainability,” says Asad Baig, director and co-founder at MMfD. “The PDEA has made it a priority to strive towards sustainable revenue-sharing mechanisms for newsrooms while simultaneously tackling challenges posed by Big Tech’s exploitative practices, and I am glad to share that Media Matters for Democracy will provide its full support to further the cause of PDEA”.

The PDEA’s foundation is grounded in extensive research conducted over the years by MMfD into the news media landscape of Pakistan. PDEA has been established on the principles of ensuring strengthening of pluralist democratic values and fundamental human rights, mainly media and digital freedoms. The body is independent of all ideological, political, government and religious bodies and remains so for the length of its existence.