Mentions & Appearances

April 2018: The Friday Times

This report titled ‘Cambridge Analytica’s breach and a scare for Pakistan’s data’ published in The Friday Times quoted Voice of Internet’s Founder & Editor Farhan Janjua’s comments as one of the experts on the subject. Read full report here:

Digital journalist Farhan Janjua says he wouldn’t be surprised if Cambridge Analytica has already met Pakistani politicians and leaders of political parties with their pitches.

“But we shouldn’t give in to hysteria without having full information first. For example, independent analysts are now saying that the photos shared by Christopher Wylie as evidence in support of his claim that Indian Congress party used services of CA don’t prove anything and as Congress confirmed, CA only made a sales pitch,” he says. “The real concern for me is fake news, whether started by CA or our own versions of the same.”


April 2018: Daily Times

Farhan’s tweet reporting GEO TV’s forced closure that went viral was quoted in this story published in the Daily Times. Read here:

Digital Editor Daily Times Farhan Janjua (@FarhanJanjua) tweeted: “It’s been nearly 2 months since GEO News was taken off air on my office’s cable network. Only now I’m learning that Geo News is being forcibly taken off air on multiple cable networks across the country! Totally unacceptable!”.


January 2018: Daily Times

This news report published in the Daily Times quoted Farhan and noted the threatening calls he received. It reports how his blog post prompted Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) to issue a press release the next day informing the public how the military has nothing to do with the threatening calls made to the citizens and that those calls should be reported. Read full report here.

The statement comes a day after a blog on Daily Times website reported one such incident that took place with a DT staffer. Calls from customised phone numbers were made to the private cell phone number of Farhan Janjua, the digital editor at DT, to intimidate and extract identity and bank account information.
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The ISPR press release, however, did not address the intimidation tactics used and how no one answered army emergency helpline 1135 when Mr Janjua called twice to report the incident.


July 2017: The Express Tribune

Farhan’s tweet expressing disgust on brutal lynching of man in India was featured in this story of The Express Tribune.


July 2016: Boom Live India

Farhan’s report on Qandeel Baloch’s murder which he had co-authored with Sana Saleem was republished on Boom Live India. Check it out here.


February 2016: SAMAA TV:

In their social media story, SAMAA TV carried Farhan’s dubsmash video parody of Taher Shah’s angel video. This was fun. Watch here.


May 2015: Daily Pakistan:

Daily Pakistan quoted Farhan’s roundup story: Did Bol CEO Shoaib Ahmed Shaikh really pay Rs 26 tax? as source. Check out the story on their website.


June 2014: India Post Live

Farhan was invited in the panel of IndiaPostLive.com’s live Webcast to speak on the subject of “Pakistan: A landmine for journalists?”

Journalists from both sides of the border came together to have an insightful discussion without reaching for each others throats.

Farhan is brought in at around 00:18:30 but cut short because of the poor bandwidth. He again speaks at around 00:40:20 and this time the connection was better (thank heavens). And then for the final comment at 01:02:00.


Spring 2013: We Magazine – India Edition

This is Farhan in India edition of We Magazine. They did a fun Aman Ki Asha article featuring Farhan and a young techie from India published in both print and online. Yatin from India and Farhan sort of interviewed each other hoping to clear misunderstandings. Full article can be read here.

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June 2011: The Express Tribune

Farhan was featured in top 140 Twitterati of Pakistan in this compilation published in The Express Tribune newspaper.


January 2011: The Express Tribune Magazine

Farhan was mentioned in one of The Express Tribune Magazine’s Year in Review articles titled ‘On a (blog) roll’ published both in print and online. Following is only the highlighted portion of the article, click here for full reading.


May 2010: Karachi Metblogs

Afreen of Karachi Metblogs notes Farhan’s victory for Best News Broken on a Blog award in her report on first ever Pakistan Blog Awards. Read here.

August 2009: AdAge

The story shoved under the carpet by the mainstream media — the death of a contestant while performing a challenge for a reality show sponsored by Unilever — was first reported exclusively Aarpix.com (another one of Farhan’s websites covering advertising trends at the time but has been merged into VoiceOfInternet.com). This fact has been acknowledged by the prestigious global advertising magazine AdAge which prompted Unilever to go public about this incident. This massively viral story spread like a fire in the forest and is one of the original stories Farhan did that got him the Best News Broken on a Blog Award. This is what they wrote in their story:

The news was originally reported Monday on Pakistani e-magazine Aarpix.com, then picked up yesterday by a handful of blogs and Twitter posters.

Aarpix, which was down for maintenance at press time, based its report on information from the man’s cousin, who said Mr. Khan died during an “underwater challenge” posed by the show’s host, Pakistani model Amina Sheikh, according to versions of the story posted on blogs.


July – August 2009: Dawn News TV

At least four of Farhan blog posts from Guppu.com (rebranded into VoiceOfInternet.com) were featured in various episodes of DawnNewsTV’s show Wired And Active. We have merged the specific clips into a single video below:

The contents of this video are owned by Dawn News TV


March 2009: The Guardian UK

Our coverage of the attack on Sri Lankan cricket team was also published on The Guardian as eyewitness account here:

I was in the classroom when we heard the loud sound of those bloody shots. We got curious, speculating about what had really happened and one of my friends passed on a joke and we carried on. But I sensed something was wrong and something terrible had happened.

Five minutes later, I received an SMS from a friend saying terrorists had attacked the Sri Lankan team bus and the police squad. Just then, a friend of mine was phoned by a relative and in the middle of the call he shouted loudly about the incident.

Everyone including our instructor got scared and our instructor was kind enough to let us go. My university is just near Liberty, the attack scene. We could see the traffic jam and a panic situation on the road outside my university.

For full reading, please click here


March 2009: BBC World

Farhan’s accounts on the attacks on Sri-Lankan Cricket team were featured on BBC World here:

In addition eyewitnesses have posted their accounts. Farhan Janjua was attending a university class at the time of the attack. On his blog he describes the shock of hearing the gunshots and the growing tension which he and his classmates felt:

“Everyone including our instructor got scared and he was kind enough to let us go…. Rumours kept on coming from all over that there were huge casualties in this attack, few said that Sri Lankans were also amongst them.”

Farhan says: “My heart relaxed to know that Sri Lankans are safe, but at the same time, my heart started mourning to hear about the casualties of local policemen.”


March 2009: ABC Australia’s Triple J

Shortly (half an hour, maybe) after the attack on Sri Lankan cricket team on March 3, 2009, Farhan was contacted by ABC Australia’s Triple J radio while he was still at the campus to give his accounts of the situation. You can judge the stress from his voice in the following audio, he even said Australian instead of Sri Lankan without realising it:


Sep 2008: NYTimes Blog

NYTimes’ Times Topics section featured one of Farhan’s posts which he originally wrote for GlobalVoicesOnline for the first time.