Archive for November 2009

Devil's Advocate: Who's At Fault For Poor TV Content?

Nov 30th, 2009 | By | Category: Uncategorized

When you turn on the TV and watch TSS or Capital Talk or Merey Mutabiq you will see some pretty outrageous stuff. But who is responsible for this? Is it the TV producers? The talk show hosts themselves? Or could it, dear reader, be someone a little bit closer to our own television sets? Might […]

Jihadi Almost Triggers War With India, Media Is Silent

Nov 27th, 2009 | By | Category: Uncategorized

I get a lot of questions about whether or not TV anchors and newspaper editors are really ignoring the real story. The answer is yes. To show why I say that, I want to highlight a story that has major implications for Pakistan, but has not received the attention that other items like the KL […]

Open Letter to The Telegraph (UK)

Nov 25th, 2009 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories

In his recent column, “Pakistani TV performing vital democratic function,” Mr. Hasan Mansoor does a disservice to the facts about Pakistan’s media. While TV executives like Azhar Abbas may tell reporters that “their news helps inculcate democracy and gives a voice to the disenfranchised,” their actions tell a different story. Rather than reply to media critics […]

Ahmed Rashid: Pakistan conspiracy theories stifle debate

Nov 24th, 2009 | By | Category: Uncategorized

Great analysis from Ahmed Rashid on BBC today about the conspiracy industry in Pakistan’s media, and how it’s stifling real debate about the important issues that we’re facing. Switch on any of the dozens of satellite news channels now available in Pakistan. You will be bombarded with talk show hosts who are mostly obsessed with […]

Merey Mutabiq Presents One-Sided Discussion of NRO, Fails to Include Constitutional Experts

Nov 23rd, 2009 | By | Category: Merey Mutabiq

Shahid Masood has once again tried to brew a storm in a tea cup in his latest episode of Merey Mutabiq. With a string of guests including well known right wing media militants, Masood has tried to stir up feelings of anger and disenchantment over the NRO, choosing political attacks rather than reasoned debate. That […]

Pakistan’s conspiracy theories

Nov 21st, 2009 | By | Category: Uncategorized

If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, then … anyone who tells you it is a duck must be hiding something. So goes the logic of conspiracy theories which are gaining increasing currency in Pakistan because of the wave of gun and bomb attacks in its towns and cities. […]

Poll: Media Destabilizing Pakistan, Threaten Freedom

Nov 18th, 2009 | By | Category: Uncategorized

A recent Gilani poll (Gallup Pakistan) found that almost one-third of all Pakistanis (31%) blame media for political instability in Pakistan. These findings have two important implications: First, the media is creating confusion and chaos during a time of war; Second, by discrediting themselves, members of the media threaten the freedom of the press. Pakistan […]

BREAKING: 21 International Media Organizations Write to Government About The Nation

Nov 17th, 2009 | By | Category: The Nation

BREAKING: A group of 21 international media organizations has written a letter to Minister of Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira expressing concern about The Nation. The letter is in response to an article by Kaswar Klasra in The Nation earlier this month that – with no evidence or factual support – accused a fellow […]

Threats to Journalists Threaten Press Freedom

Nov 16th, 2009 | By | Category: Dawn, The Nation

Threats to the safety of journalists represent a serious problem in Pakistan, and the danger journalists face in our country has resulted in a respected international NGO ranking press freedom in Pakistan below Afghanistan and Zimbabwe. Unfortunately, some people like Ahmed Quraishi are trying to defend these threats. Reporters Without Borders recent 2009 Press Freedom […]

Trying to Knock out Zardari and Army Simultaneously?

Nov 12th, 2009 | By | Category: Jang

Making Sense of Shaheen Sehbai’s Recent Diatribes By Shaista Sindhu The Chief of the Anti-Zardari campaign in the Jang Group (Jang, The News, Geo), Mr Shaheen Sehbai at one time ran a similar campaign against the Pakistan army and General Musharraf. These days he is working over time to give the impression that the Pakistani […]