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OUR MISSION

  • Objective journalism is fast becoming extinct in South Asia. From Sri Lanka to Nepal and Bangladesh to Afghanistan, and in between, journalism is under attack, by governments, armies, rogue gangs, political and religious fanatics and spin masters disguised as media managers. In this atmosphere of coercion and intimidation, where hard news is either killed, distorted or given a spin, SA Tribune will bring you all the news, uncensored, exposing anyone and everyone.
  • We will bring you hard news, fitting its definition as “what someone, somewhere is trying to hide.”
  • We will practice serious and responsible journalism and tap every resource to provide all the evidence and documentary proof with our reports.
  • We will help build an environment in South Asia in which corruption to grab money, power and influence will no longer remain the goal of the society and its new generations.
  • We will go after the corrupt, wherever they may hide and expose them to the world.
    We will raise the standard of journalism by reporting the truth, without any spin.
  • We will build and enlarge the team of dedicated and committed journalists to revive the high objectives and morals of the profession.
  • We will provide every honest aspiring journalist with a forum to get his original work published, even if no one else is ready to touch it.
  • We will motivate and encourage every influential, honest and sensible person, anywhere, to join and support our effort by bringing out the skeletons which many may be trying to conceal, anywhere.
  • We will remain honest and straight.
  • Finally, We will try to be journalists.

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OUR COMPANY

The South Asia Tribune is a Division of The South Asia Tribune Publications LLC. The Company is a diversified media company with principal operations in Web Publishing, E-news and electronic information services. Company headquarters are in Great Falls, Virginia. It is a Delaware Incorporated Limited Liability Company (LLC).

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THE EDITOR

South Asia Tribune is the concept and creation of Mr Shaheen Sehbai, a veteran Pakistani journalist of over 30 years standing. He is known in Pakistan and internationally as an independent and courageous journalist, who faced, confronted and exposed corruption in government, politics, business and journalism.

MR. SHAHEEN SEHBAIMr Sehbai’s life and career has been a continuous battle against corrupt elected and non-elected politicians, self-imposed military dictators, wily bureaucrats, twisted business tycoons and compromising ambitious journalists. Throughout his career he faced challenges, physical attacks, government persecution and even a botched murder attempt.

In August 1990 he was arrested and fake cases were registered against him. Government-manipulated media declared him an enemy agent. He was tried in a court on trumped-up charges but acquitted honorably in December 1990.

In 1991 his house was raided by masked men who pulled out pistols and threatened his sons, challenging them to ask their father to write against the Government again and see the consequences. The attack caused a nation-wide uproar and protest demonstrations by Pakistani journalists. An attempt to run him over in his car was made in 1994 by a military truck but he survived and continued to write the truth and pinpoint corruption.

Numerous times he confronted elected politicians and military dictators, face to face and in his writings. His courage to speak out against the corrupt always raised his stature and he climbed from a reporter in 1990 to Islamabad Bureau Chief of Pakistan’s leading Daily "Dawn" in 1993, to its Washington Bureau Chief in 1995 and then as Editor of "The News", owned by the country’s largest media group and published from four cities, Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and London (UK), five years later.

As Editor, he proved to be fiercely independent and continued to expose the weaknesses of the Government and its corruption. When in 2001 he published the first billion-rupee scam of the Musharraf Government, the Pakistani General was furious and immediately punished his newspaper by blocking all advertisements and government revenues. The scam took place under the Labor Ministry and shortly afterwards the Labor Minister, Omar Asghar Khan, resigned from the Musharraf cabinet. This former minister committed suicide in June 2002 in mysterious circumstances amid speculations that he was being hounded or haunted by the billion-rupee scam under his ministership.

Nothing could shake Mr Sehbai though. He refused to follow the orders, persuasions or pleas of Government media managers. In February 2002, Mr Sehbai published stories on the kidnapping and killing of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl and the military government decided to move against his newspaper, found an excuse and declared that Mr Sehbai was acting against Pakistan’s national interest. He rejected their charge but resigned in early March 2002, as his owners could no longer face the financial sanctions and a total blockade of government revenues.

A storm of criticism broke out as Mr. Sehbai wisely left the country fearing threats to his life. His resignation received wide international coverage and shocked the world media as General Pervez Musharraf’s claims of allowing a free press were challenged. All major US TV channels including CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC interviewed him. He is probably the only journalist in the Third World, on whom the CNN International telecast a full 30-minute program in its Q&A series, on March 19, 2002, focusing on the issue of Freedom of Press in Pakistan under General Pervez Musharraf.

Influential newspapers like the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and Financial Times publish Mr. Sehbai’s opinion pieces, who has moved to the United States. The South Asia Tribune and Mr. Sehbai is widely quoted by South Asian, regional and international media.

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