Another Blow To Print Journalism In Pakistan As Herald Suspends Publication After 50 Years
Herald is suspending publication of its print edition from August 2019 to “undertake an editorial revamp,” a letter sent out to subscribers by the magazine’s director circulation and coordination read.
According an article in Journalism Pakistan, there’s talk of an online edition only. The news is a huge blow to print journalism in the country as the monthly magazine was renowned for its investigative stories and in depth analysis. Journalists, including PPP member and senator Sherry Rehman took to Twitter to express their sadness over the news:
The July issue will be the last issue of the Herald. So much sadness. So many memories tied up with this magazine. It produced so much great journalism and so many icons of journalism. And working there for five years was literally like discovering a new family. https://t.co/N5xZ4Kc1xV
— Hasan Zaidi (@hyzaidi) July 6, 2019
This is very sad news. Started my journalism career at the Herald, and spent over a decade at the magazine working with some of the very best in the profession. An era of path-breaking, bold and exciting journalism comes to an end https://t.co/ZGUQccqrMQ
— Talat Aslam (@titojourno) July 6, 2019
Sad to see the Herald suspeding publication. Was privileged to be Editor for 10 years thru very turbulent times,formed lasting relationships with the best team that won awards for Independant print journalism every year. Hope it resumes soon with it’s promised reinvented avatar. https://t.co/z1BB0vaKWp
— SenatorSherryRehman (@sherryrehman) July 6, 2019
Launched in 1969, Herald was counted among the most widely-read magazines in Pakistan as well as having a wide circulation abroad. The magazine is owned by Pakistan Herald Publications Limited (PHPL), which also publishes the Dawn Group of Newspapers.