The Baluch Hal (formerly spelled as the Baloch Hal) is a legacy newspaper, launched in November 2009 as Baluchistan’s first online English newspaper. We started our journey at a time when the demand for local news on Baluchistan was high; the use of social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook for the distribution of news was uncommon. Very few politicians used social media to communicate with the public and the media.
The Baluch Hal is back after a long hiatus, but when we look around us, we see that the media landscape has dramatically changed as compared to 2009. When we launched the online newspaper, we believed that we could fill the gap to inform and educate the rest of the world about Baluchistan. Today, on the contrary, we are confronted with a more daunting question: are we still relevant in a world where everyone has unlimited access to the news and so many platforms to directly broadcast their views and opinions without needing the news media? Mindful of the changes of the time and also a shift in what is missing on Baluchistan, we are coming back while looking at the news cycle from a completely different angle. We read somewhere that journalism had long been considered as the first draft of history, but now with the influx of various platforms that are used to write the first draft of history, journalism must exist to write the second and certainly a more accurate version of history. That’s exactly what we want to do here.
A decade ago, we always wanted to be the first to break a major story on Baluchistan, today the biggest challenge is to get a sense of so much news that’s persistently seeking our attention from WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter. Instead of inundating you with several stories, we want to deliver you that one piece on Baluchistan you should read for the day or even the week.
Instead of frantically reacting to every breaking news, we are now shifting our focus and priorities to understanding the context and implications of various events that dominate our news cycle and daily conversations. We plan to focus mainly on long-format reporting and analytical articles that are frequently cited by scholars and researchers in their work on Baluchistan.