Archive for March 2010

Representations of Aafia Siddiqui in Media

Mar 12th, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

A recent article in the American newspaper New York Times about the case of Aafia Siddiqui offers an informative and instructive look at the way that stories can be reported differently in our domestic media than they are in the rest of the world. The article, by reporters Salman Masood and Carlotta Gall, discusses how […]



Wishful Journalism (part 2): Rehman Malik Fired!

Mar 11th, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

President Zardari is not the only government official in the sights of our Wishful Journalists. If one were to believe these pseudo-reporters, Interior Minister Rehman Malik has been preparing to leave his position for several months. Only problem is, he won’t leave no matter how hard these journalists wish for him to do so. In […]



Wishful Journalism (part 1): The End of the Zardari Government

Mar 9th, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

This is the first post in a series on ‘Wishful Journalism’ – an unfortunate practice that seems to be taking place more than actual reporting in some parts of the media. There is a difference between wishing for something and reporting something. Unfortunately, this is too often lost on our journalists who prefer to actual […]



TV talk shows: good, bad or just inane

Mar 8th, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

The following column by Dr. Syed Mansoor Hussain offers an important opportunity to discuss the TV talk shows and what role these play in our democracy. Are these shows even news? Often, they are uninformed and based more on speculation and rumour than actual facts or legitimate analysis. So, they are more a matter of […]



Anjum Niaz Makes Up Story, The News Prints It

Mar 7th, 2010 | By | Category: The News

Another excellent media watch post from “Let Us Build Pakistan” blog, this time taking to task right-wing journalist Anjum Niaz famous for her remarks about “Jew York Times.” It seems in her latest reporting on the VIP protocol granted to Raza Rabbini. Anjum was outraged about this VIP treatment in her article, as is the […]



Is Media Being Bought By Hotelier?

Mar 5th, 2010 | By | Category: Censorship, Jang

An interesting post by Riaz Ahmed originally posted on the blog “Let Us Build Pakistan” suggests that perhaps big money is censoring media coverage of the Pearl Continental Hotel strike in Karachi. I did a Google News search for any articles in the last week with the keywords Pearl Continental Hotel Strike and found there […]



Media Disappoint On Rickshaw Childbirth

Mar 3rd, 2010 | By | Category: The News

I have been hesitant to say anything about the recent incident of the unfortunate mother who gave birth in an autorickshaw in Quetta, but the way that this has been covered by the media needs a response. The incident, as I’m sure you know, occurred when roads were blocked for a Presidential visit. It was […]



The News Gets Facts Wrong On Character

Mar 1st, 2010 | By | Category: The News

The News today includes an article that claims, “Every constitution requires men of character to qualify as legislators.” While this seems like an unsurprising claim, the article gets several facts wrong. The article, by Sabir Shah, claims that: “…lawmakers in every country of the world are required to have crime-free life history in order to […]



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