Does ISI’s Media Wing Have A New Outlet?

    The ISI’s involvement in media is usually discussed in stories about motivation, either positive or negative. Lifafa journalism is an open secret. The publication of a list of journalists who allegedly received some payment from the Information Ministry resulted in important questions about official manipulation of media. What has not received the same scrutiny, however, […]

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Conspiracy Theories

New Provinces, Conspiracy Theories, and Turtles

Issues like creation of a new province can spark legitimate debate and discussion about the pros and cons of such ...

Qadri an American Agent? Shireen Mazari’s Latest Conspiracy Theory

This week's events have left many scratching their heads. Dr Tahirul Qadri's return to Pakistan in the final few months ...

Conspiracy Culture, Not Ghosts, Behind Killing of Polio Workers

An article in The News (Jang Group) of 20th December bearing the headline, 'Osama’s ghost behind killing of polio workers' suggests ...

Media’s ‘Myopic Zeal’ and Political Bias

The political bias of certain journalists is well documented. Nor is this a problem unique to Pakistan Nobody questions the conservative leaning of FOX News (USA), the liberal leaning of The Guardian (UK), or the establishment credentials of The Nation (Pak). When one looks to these media groups, the perspective that will be used is […]

Media’s Role In Khawaja Asif Controversy

Defence Minister Khawaja Asif is having a terrible time after coming under criticism for comments he made in response to statement made by Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif that Army will ‘preserve its own dignity’, a comment made in context of the treason trial of former COAS Gen Musharraf. Next day, Defence Minister […]

Business interests, Super patriotism and ‘Journalism’: Ikram Sehgal’s Unique Column-writing

Major (retd) Ikram Sehgal is not an ordinary columnist. He is the owner of Pathfinder G4S, a company that employs 15,000 people, most of whom are retired military personnel. He recently bought out the shares of global giant G4S in Wackenhut’s Pakistan operation for a sum he failed to disclose in his Press Release to […]

Anti Terrorism Court Issues Arrest Warrants Against Geo Personnel On Charges of Blasphemy

Journalists is Pakistan have been killed with impunity since long. Now the Anti-Terrorism Courts are finally taking notice of the media, but it is not to protect journalists, but to arrest them. ATC judge Tariq Anwar Kasi on Thursday issued arrest warrants against Geo’s owner Mir Shakeelur Rehman, morning show host Dr Shaista Lodhi as well as […]