The Baloch Hal is the first online English newspaper of Balochistan which staunchly pursues an independent editorial policy aiming to practice objective journalism. The online paper offers candid opinion, in-depth analyses, revealing interviews, investigative reports and fresh photographs which are instantly shared with a global audience by using social networks like Twitter and Facebook.
The Baloch Hal has been cited by reputed media organizations such as Al-Jazeera English , BBC Urdu, Dawn, The News International, Deutsche welles (Germany), The National (UAE), Iwatch News (USA), GARA (Spain) and Radio Canada.
Launched on November 20, 2009, The Baloch Hal, a non-profit news organization, is currently the most widely quoted newspaper of Balochistan. In November 2010, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) banned the liberal newspaper inside Pakistan because of its independent editorial policy. The paper, however, refused to succumb to any kind of government pressure.
Hal, is a Balochi word for news. The Baloch Hal comprises of a team of young media professionals without biases towards any religion or political ideology. Ours is a liberal and secular policy under which we will provide equal coverage to all stakeholders in Balochistan. The newspaper adheres to the democratic principles of all forms of freedoms and advocates peace and tolerance. The Baloch Hal also helps young and aspiring journalists from rural Balochistan to get regular mentoring and publishing opportunities.
With very limited financial, human and technical resources, we deeply welcome all kind of donations, contributions, intellectual inputs from the supporters of our cause to sustain this fledgling non-profit media outlet.
Malik Siraj Akbar was born in Panjgur, a remote town of Balochistan bordering Iran. He lives in Washington DC. A former Balochistan Bureau Chief of Daily Times and Daily Aaj Kal, Malik founded the Baloch Hal in November 2009. He was a 2012 Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and a 2010-11 Hubert Humphrey Fellow at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. Malik regularly blogs for the Huffington Post. His book The Redefined Dimensions of Baloch Nationalist Movement was published in the United States in 2011.
Muatasim Qazi has been a part of The Baloch Hal since the online news site started in November 2009. Serving as a reporter and a copy editor. Muatasim is now the paper’s Assistant Editor.
He grew up in Panjgur, a town bordering Iran in the southwest of Balochistan and is celebrated for its delicious dates in the region. Graduating from University of Balochistan, Quetta, with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Muatasim keeps a keen eye on happenings in the gas-rich region. Journalism is what he has always craved for. For him, it’s not a mere profession which makes him a living, but something that helps to realize the dream of establishing an equitable and transparent society by bringing out the truth to the masses.
Muatasim has worked as a sub-editor for Daily Balochistan Express, one of most circulated English dailies of Balochistan published from Quetta. He is also a frequent contributor to several major publications of the province.