Archive for January 2010

Journalists Or Political Stooges?

Jan 29th, 2010 | By | Category: Daily Times, Dawn, The News

The embarrassing case of dual nationality and the national media Earlier this week a report was widely circulated in the media that some government officials were holding dual nationalities. Only there was one major problem with the story — the journalists did not investigate, and simply parroted what appear to be false accusations. This embarrassing […]



The Nation Report About Obama Speech Belongs On Opinion Page, Should Be Properly Sourced

Jan 28th, 2010 | By | Category: The Nation

Today’s The Nation includes a report by an anonymous person known only as “Special Correspondent” on American President Barack Obama’s speech to the American Congress last night which chastises him for not mentioning Pakistan specifically enough. While it is true that Pakistan was not mentioned by name in the speech, the article is clearly meant […]



DAWN Report About CEC Inquiry Leaves Out Key Constitutional Articles

Jan 27th, 2010 | By | Category: Dawn

A report in today’s Dawn says that the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) is investigating claims that President Zardari is ineligible to hold the office of President, but the report leaves out a key detail – Article  Constitution. The report claims that a petitioner has asked the CEC to investigate whether Zardari was eligible to stand […]



Conspiracy Theory Embarrasses Journalists

Jan 25th, 2010 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories

Aside from the many problems that conspiracy theories create at home, it also is a problem that these conspiracy theories make us look particularly silly in the rest of the world. Take, for example, a 23 January article in The New York Times, an American newspaper that is read all over the world. The article […]



GOSSIP ALERT: The Nation Stoops to Reporting Gossip

Jan 22nd, 2010 | By | Category: The Nation

The Nation is well known for it’s right-wing politics and sympathy for conspiracy theories. But this week, The Nation has both stooped to a new low by reporting gossip of a type that is more typically used to create controversy and attention for film stars and cricketers. The issue in question is whether or not […]



Growing List of Citizen Media Watchers

Jan 22nd, 2010 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories

A dear reader has written us about his new blog that includes a very detailed research and fact-checking of conspiracy theories. One of the goals of Pakistan Media Watch is, of course, to fact check the misinformation that is presented in the media whenever we see it and to promote responsible, informed reporting and commentary […]



The News: No Safe Place

Jan 21st, 2010 | By | Category: The News

The News today includes the following editorial about harassment of journalists in Pakistan. Journalists in Pakistan do not have to go to zones of conflict to find themselves at risk – they merely have to stay at home. The home of an investigative journalist who works for a local news organisation was attacked by ‘unknown […]



Information Welfare

Jan 20th, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

An open and transparent government is a hallmark of democracy. The people must have proper information about government officials and public policy in order to elect the politicians that best represent their interests. But government information must also be looked at through the proper amount of skepticism. Historically, governments have engaged in propaganda to make […]



House of Dawn Journalist Attacked

Jan 19th, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

The latest attack on a journalist in Pakistan has taken place against Dawn journalist Azaz Syed on Tuesday morning. The attack prompted a protest by journalists covering the National Assembly who walked out. The attackers are currently unknown, but Mr. Syed says that he recently filed reports critical of the military. Syed declined to say […]



The Nation Still Doesn't Know How Democracy Works

Jan 18th, 2010 | By | Category: The Nation

There is a certain irony to government because people do not like politicians, but, by definition, only politicians can run for political office. This makes for complicated relationships not only between the people and their political leaders, but the political leaders in their offices. The Nation, however, has proposed a modest solution that will solve […]



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