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Pakistan Herald Limited
Dawn Media Group
TypePublic company
  • Media
  • publishing
  • broadcasting
PredecessorDawn Group of Newspapers[1]
Founded1 February 1947; 75 years ago (1947-02-01) in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan[2]
FounderMuhammad Ali Jinnah, Yusuf Haroon (Haroon family)[3][4]
HeadquartersHaroon House, Dr. Ziauddin Ahmed Road,
Number of locations
3 offices (2018[6])
Area served
Key people
BrandsDawn, Herald
  • Pakistan Herald Publication (Private) Limited.
  • Haroon Sons (Private) Limited

Pakistan Herald Limited,[2] doing business as the Dawn Media Group, is a Pakistani media company based in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan.[1] It publishes the Dawn newspaper, Herald magazine among other publications and operates a TV channel, radio stations and websites. It is a listed member of All Pakistan Newspapers Society.[9][10]

The group has an array of publications, as it tries to cater to the needs of both the financial and consumer bases. Although it has faced tough competition from the Jang Group since its creation, it has still managed to remain popular. The group is headed by the Pakistani media mogul Hameed Haroon, its current CEO.


The Karachi based group is owned by the powerful Haroon and Saigol families. The CEO is Hameed Haroon, and its chairman is Amber Haroon Saigol, daughter of the previous chairman Mahmoud Haroon and the 11th richest individual in Pakistan in 1993 (the only year that the Pakistani government has published the wealth of the country's richest citizens). A list of the top 10 richest families in Pakistan, ranks Saigol family as the 8th richest and the Haroon's the 16th richest as of 2015.[11][12]


The Dawn Media Group covers three areas: print media (organised as a separate division called Dawn Group of Newspapers), broadcast media, and internet media:

  • Print media
    • Dawn, its flagship daily English newspaper[13][14]
    • The Star, Pakistan's most popular evening newspaper
    • Herald, a current affairs monthly magazine in English[13][14]
    • Spider, a monthly Internet magazine[13]
    • Aurora, a marketing and advertising bi-monthly magazine
    • Young World, children's monthly magazine
  • Broadcast media
    • Dawn News, 24-hour news channel, broadcasting in English 2007–2010, but since 2010 in Urdu language
    • City FM 89, a music radio channel
  • Internet media
    • Dawn.com, a news website
    • DawnNews.Tv, news website in Urdu language
    • Teeli, digital media brand specialised in entertainment programming
    • Images.Dawn.com, culture and entertainment website
  • Exhibitions
    • Dawn Education Expo, an annual education festival

Spider (computer magazine)[edit]

Spider magazine's cover for the January 2006 issue.

Spider written as SPIDER (written with a mirrored 'R') was a monthly magazine circulated in Pakistan by the DAWN group of newspapers, focusing on issues related to software/hardware and Internet technologies. The magazine sported a tagline boasting it to be "Pakistan's Internet Magazine" until March 2005. Since most of the issues discussed in its leaves are mostly about information technology rather than just Internet, the tagline was removed. A symbol that dons its cover pronouncing its identity is that of a mouse with eight limbs and a blinking red sensor as an eye over a web engulfed in a yellow circle, mostly found at the top-right corner of the publication.

History and profile[edit]

The magazine was launched at the end of the year 1998. Reader's comments and criticism were a regular feature in the magazine since then. The monthly comprised cover stories and feature articles usually on the growth of the internet and how Information Technology is affecting Pakistanis. Spider folded in 2014.[15]

Rape allegations against Hameed Haroon[edit]

In 2019, Jami Azad, a filmmaker from Karachi, started a chain of often-cryptic messages about his alleged rape by a senior media tycoon, without ever naming the alleged rapist.

On December 28, 2019, Azad, revealed via twitter[16] the identity of his alleged rapist: Hameed Haroon, CEO Dawn Media Group.

'Dawn leaks' controversy[edit]

In 2016, one of the journalists working at Dawn (newspaper), Cyril Almeida wrote a newspaper article that stirred a major controversy in Pakistan, called Dawn leaks. Cyril had reported that during the National Security Council (Pakistan) (NSC) meeting between the civilian leaders and the military leaders of Pakistan, some civilian leaders had warned the military leaders about the risk of Pakistan's growing diplomatic isolation due to lack of action against some Pakistani militant groups. Pakistan's military leadership was clearly upset over reports of alleged leaking of this classified information to a Pakistani journalist by some civilian leaders attending that NSC meeting. After the controversy would not die down, Pervaiz Rashid (Minister of Information) and Tariq Fatemi (Special Assistant to the Prime Minister) had to step down as a result of this controversy.[17]

Awards and recognition[edit]


  1. ^ a b The Dawn Education Expo 2011, page 4 (PDF), 16 October 2010, archived from the original (PDF) on 10 August 2011, retrieved 3 June 2018
  2. ^ a b "PAKISTAN HERALD LIMITED". opencorporates.com. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Obituary: Former governor of West Pakistan no more". Dawn. Pakistan. 17 February 2011.
  4. ^ "Dawn Media Group". Dawn. Pakistan. 27 June 2012.
  5. ^ "Dawn.com – Terms & Conditions of Use". Dawn. Pakistan.
  6. ^ "Dawn Online Advertising". Dawn. Pakistan.
  7. ^ a b "Pakistan Herald Limited". pakistanheraldlimited.com. 21 August 2018. Archived from the original on 21 August 2018. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  8. ^ "Pakistan Herald Publications (Pvt.) Limited: Private Company Information". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  9. ^ Pakistan Herald Publications, listed member of All Pakistan Newspapers Society website. Retrieved 2 April 2018
  10. ^ "The day Dawn became Herald (publication's history)". JournalismPakistan.com website. 27 April 2013. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  11. ^ 'Top 10 Richest Pakistanis', ranked on ilmkidunya.com website Published 12 July 2015. Retrieved 3 June 2018
  12. ^ 'Richest Individuals of Pakistan', list per the Government of Pakistan wealth tax directory of 1993. Retrieved 3 June 2018
  13. ^ a b c List of Member Publications include Dawn newspaper, Herald magazine, Spider magazine on All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) website. Retrieved 2 April 2018
  14. ^ a b Sabah Bano Malik (10 January 2018). "Pakistan's top 5 pop culture moments that made waves in 2017". Arab News (newspaper). Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  15. ^ "Spider magazine temporarily Suspending Publications". Technology Times. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  16. ^ "Jami Azad just disclosed Dawn's Hameed Haroon as his alleged rapist?". Retrieved 28 December 2019.
  17. ^ Ali Ahmed (29 April 2017). "Prime Minister removes Tariq Fatemi over Dawn leaks". Business Recorder (newspaper). Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  18. ^ Hameed Haroon's Hilal-i-Imtiaz award in 2011 Dawn (newspaper), Published 23 March 2011. Retrieved 3 June 2018

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