Archive for May 2010

The Nation Exploits Lahore Massacre

May 31st, 2010 | By | Category: The Nation

The Nation exploits the Lahore massacre today by using the dreadful event as an opportunity to perpetuate a political agenda that has nothing to do with the actual facts of the case. Its editorial, “Bloodbath at Lahore,” suggests that the root causes of this massacre lie not within our own society, but outside. Of course, […]

How Sad for Shireen Mazari

May 29th, 2010 | By | Category: The Nation

How sad for Shireen Mazari that her sickness – her overwhelming paranoid-obsession with the Americans – so clouds her mind. As we grieve for our brothers who were murdered in cold blood by TTP jihadis, she almost gets it right. Shireen Mazari was so close to writing an excellent column. At the last minute, though, […]

Conspiracy Media Harming Pakistan's Image In The World

May 27th, 2010 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories

The conspiracy culture in our media is a growing story in the international press, and it is harming Pakistan’s image in the world. This is something that needs to be addressed because it is more than simply a minor annoyance, it threatens to have far-reaching consequences for our nation. A nation’s media is often considered […]

Hamid Mir Writes to Washington Times

May 26th, 2010 | By | Category: Geo TV, Jang

In a serial drama that promises a new twist every day, Hamid Mir has written a letter to The Washington Times newspaper responding to an article in that same newspaper on Monday that details the contents of the tapes and the storyline of the controversy. In his email, Hamid Mir makes clear that he no […]

Geo's "Shattered Glass" Moment?

May 25th, 2010 | By | Category: Geo TV, Jang

Janet Cooke is a name that is probably not as familiar among the general public as it is among professional journalists. Ms Cooke was an American reporter for The Washington Post newspaper who won a Pulitzer Prize for a story she wrote about a small child addicted to heroin. The article was obviously considered excellent […]

Paranoia Growing at Jang Group

May 24th, 2010 | By | Category: Jang

Reading The News today, one would be forgiven for thinking that Jang was an oppressed minority rather than the wealthy corporation that it is. What is, perhaps, more interesting, however, is that the news organization has begun to write paranoid stories about super secret conspiracies against some of its employees. As usual, though, Jang knows just […]

Why Internet Censorship Should Worry Media

May 21st, 2010 | By | Category: Censorship

The judiciary’s move to unilaterally block access to certain websites is a concern for Pakistan’s freedom of the press. While I do not condone blasphemy or intentionally provocative messages, the ability of a court to issue a blanket order of censorship to an entire media outlet is cause for worry. This blog has been from […]

Hamid Mir Saga Continues

May 20th, 2010 | By | Category: Geo TV, Jang

The Hamid Mir conspiracy saga continues with more news organizations speaking up about the charges. Today, Dawn adds their voice to the debate in the following editorial: If the person on the line is indeed Mr Mir, an explanation is in order about his possible ties with militant organisations. He must also answer allegations that […]

The Secret Lives of Pakistan's Journalists

May 19th, 2010 | By | Category: Dawn

The Hamid Mir conspiracy case has raised an important issue that deserves some real discussion. The issue is the secret associations that exist within the brotherhood of journalists in Pakistan. Certainly all people have opinions about important issues, and journalists – by the nature of their work – talk to people involved in all sorts […]

Geo's Hamid Mir: Conspiracy Theorist Charged with Conspiracy

May 18th, 2010 | By | Category: Geo TV, Jang

I have been holding off on this story for a while just because I wanted to see if it actually developed into anything. Sometimes these things pop up, but then quickly disappear if there’s nothing to them. Actually, I will not take any opinion about the validity of the charges, but I think that since […]