Archive for June 2010

New 'Pakistan Press' Group Founded

Jun 17th, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

One item I came to learn very quickly when I started this blog is that if you start writing about the media, you will suddenly find your email filled with emails from various sources, many of which claim to be representative of ‘Press.’ It can be hard to sift through all of this information to […]

Ansar Abbasi Needs New Sources

Jun 16th, 2010 | By | Category: The News

Ansar Abbasi has been listening to those voices that are his ‘sources’, and they appear to be giving him some pretty bad intelligence. Take his article in today’s The News, “A get-CJ Iftikhar operation on the cards?” in which Ansar hears from his nameless ‘sources’ that all the political parties are plotting to overthrow the […]

Who is Thomas Houlahan?

Jun 15th, 2010 | By | Category: The News

Last week The News published a column titled, “US asked to stand by forces of law in Pakistan” that calls on the US to oppose the present government. Aside from the obvious problem of publishing an obvious opinion piece as “news,” the article raises several questions about whether The News is acting as a political […]

The News sinks to a new low with report on Zardari's nationality

Jun 14th, 2010 | By | Category: The News

The News has sunk to a new low in yellow journalism today by publishing an article that titled, ‘Website declares Zardari US citizen.’ Rather than conduct any actual research, The News appears to have simply repeated a rumour. Based on the content of the article, one has to wonder if the author, Azim M Mian, […]

Causal 'Facts'

Jun 11th, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

Mr Jawed Naqvi wrote earlier this week about the evolution of journalistic treatment of facts. Much like the way that society has become more casual in other areas, journalists have become causal – some might say lazy with their reporting of facts. This is unfortunate because the facts are what readers are looking for. A […]

The Nation's Casual Propaganda

Jun 9th, 2010 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, The Nation

Not all conspiracies or propaganda are obvious. Actually, that is what makes propaganda work. Sometimes, it is a subtle message the reinforces an idea in the subconscious. This is the ultimate form of propaganda, really – producing a message that is not so obvious to the reader so he doesn’t know he’s being influenced. A […]

Ansar Abbasi For the Prosecution: Part II

Jun 8th, 2010 | By | Category: The News

Ansar Abbasi cannot seem to stop play acting as a Supreme Court Advocate. One can imagine him walking around his house in a black robe and wig taking suo moto notice of kabobs. Today, though, he has taken up his mighty pen to duel with Kamal Azfar, who is a real Senior Advocate of the […]

Facilitating Fascism

Jun 7th, 2010 | By | Category: Merey Mutabiq

Reading Nadeem Paracha’s column yesterday, I was immediately reminded of a video clip from Shahid Masood’s TV programme that was recently posted on the blog Let Us Build Pakistan. The clip features a conversation between Shahid Masood and Zakir Naik, and purports, in Zakir’s way, to “prove scientifically” that non-Muslims should not be allowed to […]

Where Is Pakistan's Talat Hussain?

Jun 5th, 2010 | By | Category: Aaj TV

Talat Hussain’s recent adventure aboard the humanitarian flotilla bound for Gaza provides an important lesson about the potential for journalists to impact current events. It also raises an important question: why don’t our journalists risk as much for Pakistan as they will for some other country? A Google search for the words ‘Talat Hussain Hero’ […]

Ansar Abbasi For the Prosecution

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

Reporting on court proceedings and legal matters is an important and legitimate duty of the media. But in doing so, journalists should be fair to both sides of a complaint. After all, it is up to the court to decide the outcome – not a reporter. For Ansar Abbasi, however, that restraint appears to be too […]