A Woman’s Quiet Revolution: An Interview with Journalist Zubeida Mustafa

Several weeks ago, I wrote a brief profile on Zubeida Mustafa, recipient of this year's Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF).  My initial coverage of Mustafa's achievements was based on snippets I had read from a number of profiles online.  Since then, however, I have had the unique privilege of interviewing her on behalf of Muslimah Media Watch.  Although much of our conversation took place on email and telephone (she resides in the south of the co … [Read more...]

Writing from Pakistan: Zubeida Mustafa

“A reporter must ignore critics and write the truth, Mustafa said. ‘Even if it is a tiny little drop in the ocean, you know you have made a contribution,’ she said. ‘So then you can have a clear conscience.’”- From an article on Zubeida Mustafa by the International Women’s Media Foundation The past couple of weeks have been difficult for Pakistan's newsrooms, particularly in terms of the law and order situation in the country.  In addition to the monotonous rhetoric leading up to the 2013 Pr … [Read more...]

Queendom of Saudi Arabia Actually a Result of Kneejerk Journalistic Illiteracy

About two weeks ago, my bulging eyes nearly met my falling jaw when I came across a flood of tweets in my feed about the Saudi Industrial Property Authority, “MODON,” building an all-woman city to boost the country’s economy and productivity all while ensuring that no one gets a hickey from the opposite sex in the process. I’m not going to lie or even attempt to hide the fact that I was extremely excited at this prospect; the possibility for the emergence of a matriarchal society challenging Saud … [Read more...]

Sabria Hersi Issa: Media Maker, CEO, and Kick-Ass Muslimah

A few weeks ago, I wrote about my experiences at the WAM! conference in Boston. I had the pleasure of meeting Sabrina Hersi Issa during my time there, and interviewed her for MMW.Muslimah Media Watch: You spoke on a WAM! panel about investigative journalism. Can you speak a little about your experience as a journalist?Sabrina Hersi Issa: I started working in journalism at a network affiliate, where I helped reporters do research for stories, investigative pieces, find sources and … [Read more...]