Ansari Massoud works as Senior Reporter for Newsline, which is one of the leading newsmagazines of the country since 1998 as well as a Pakistan correspondent for London Sunday Telegraph, covering subjects such as corruption in the bureaucratic system and political, environmental and social subjects mainly pertaining to human rights. Ansari has been travelling in far flung areas of Kashmir, Sindh, NWFP, Punjab, Baluchistan or Afghanistan or the tribal areas near Pak-Afghan borders, bringing out stories such as: Al-Qaeda and the network of militant organizations; politics and political crimes; rise of religious fundamentalism; environment and poppy cultivation; ethnic and sectarian violence; human rights including slavery of peasants under feudals; ritual killings of women in the name of honour; religious and sexual minorities (homosexuals and transsexuals).
“Educating the Future” is based on investigations, which deal head on with the sheer cruelty of corruption in a bureaucratic government system that punishes children and the elderly for their weakness. In his articles, Massoud exposes corruption and talks about the way the dysfunctional societies operate, which is not an easy task by any standard of journalism, especially because violent retribution is quite common occurrence, when you expose those who are involved in these scams.
Syed Shoaib Hasan is employed with the British Broadcasting Corporation as news correspondent in Pakistan since October 2006. He was previously working with the Herald Magazine, part of the Dawn Group of Newspapers, Pakistan’s largest English language publication group. Hasan has covered diverse topics from lifestyles to natural calamities to civic issues.
The major body of his work is concentrated on conflict and regional politics, particularly the war on terror and its fallout.
The most heated topic in Pakistan today is the issue of the missing people. Recently, President Musharraf suspended the Chief Justice of the Pakistan Supreme court. The main reason behind this move is said to be the Chief Justice's actions on habeas corpus petitions concerning the missing people. The dismissal led to nation-wide riots and almost brought down General Musharraf's government forcing them to set-up a commission to inquire into the whereabouts of the missing people. This is first and to date most comprehensive story about what happened to these people.
This story is about a bid by residents of a village in Guangzhou province to recall their elected head for suspected corruption in mid-2005. Local authorities used a huge police force to suppress them. They hired thugs to beat villagers and jailed them. Activists, lawyers and reporters were also beaten. One activist is still under detention and one protest leader continues to get visits from Party executives who harass him. Villagers’ phones are tapped and surveillance cameras and thugs watch them to prevent them from doing anything against the government.
Siew Ying has been the Guangzhou correspondent for South China Morning Post since December 2002 after she spent a year in Beijing helping to start up Xinhua Financial network. Prior to that, she was city editor at Taiwan News in Taipei. She worked for 12 years at France-Presse Agency in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Shanghai and Beijing after starting her career at Bernama news agency in Kuala Lumpur. She was also an Alfred Friendly Fellow at the Chicago Tribune.