Archive for July 2010

The Lessons of Airblue Tragedy Reporting

Jul 31st, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

In the aftermath of an unspeakable tragedy, there have been countless columns written deploring the awful state of media and news reporting in the country. Intelligent and civilized people have spoken clearly and eloquently about the irresponsible and unethical treatment of the tragedy by major news corporations. The best memorial to the tragic loss from […]

Does Murtaza Ali Shah Read Minds?

Jul 29th, 2010 | By | Category: Jang, The News

Does Murtaza Ali Shah read minds? One thinks he must based on his article in today’s The News. In his reporting about Bilawal Bhutto to be named Chairman of PPP, Murtaza states that “Bilawal Bhutto, who is more interested in Facebook and hip-hop music than Pakistani politics, is being coached about Pakistani politics”. But does […]

Tariq Butt crosses the line

Jul 25th, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

Yesterday’s issue of The News included a column by Tariq Butt that crossed the line between questionable judgment and irresponsible journalism. The column in question, “The demolition squad gets another ‘educated’ Awan”, is a vicious political hit piece and nothing more. From the very introduction of the column, it is clear that the author has […]

Minorities and Media Bias

Jul 25th, 2010 | By | Category: Jang, The News

Mainstream media sources often overlook or fail to accurately report incidents of discrimination and violence against minorities. Following the recent incident of two brothers being murdered after accusations of blasphemy, The News covered the situation in a way that misled readers and could potentially incite continued violence against minorities. The Pakistan Christian Post featured the […]

Why are opinion pieces 'Top Stories' in The News?

Jul 24th, 2010 | By | Category: Jang, The News

The News continues to mistake blatant opinion columns for actual news, and publishes them as top stories in the newspaper. Today’s issue includes two stories about the second tenure as COAS granted to Gen. Ashraf Kayani by PM Gilani that offer no factual news reporting, but instead are opinion columns opposing Gen. Kayani’s continued service […]

Conflicting Conspiracies in The News

Jul 21st, 2010 | By | Category: Jang, The News

There appears to be a curious conflict of conspiracies in reports published by The News (Jang Group) on Wednesday regarding the HEC report submitted to the Education Ministry. Ansar Abbasi reports that there is a conspiracy to change the contents of the report, and that the Education Minister Sardar Assef Ahmad Ali has sent the […]

Aliya Anjum: An unfettered media

Jul 20th, 2010 | By | Category: Daily Times

In her Daily Times column today, Aliya Anjum continues the public outcry for a responsible and constructive media that provides something of value for the people and not just cynical politics to increase advertising revenue. Will the media barons hear this plea? n the Hollywood flick ‘Spiderman’, the protagonist receives an advice from his uncle: […]

Publishing Media Critiques No Substitute for Actual Responsibility

Jul 19th, 2010 | By | Category: Jang, The News

The News yesterday published an excellent article by Raza Rumi that continues the criticism of media irresponsibility that Ayaz Amir wrote about last week. It is important to note that both of these critiques were published by The News, which is regularly criticised by this blog for publishing irresponsible and unethical articles, often political propaganda thinly disguised as […]

Ayaz Amir's warning

Jul 17th, 2010 | By | Category: The News

It’s not unusual to find journalists defending the media. Often there are articles by journalists and TV anchors lamenting the sad state of our media circus, but still defending its right to continue without correction. And one certainly does not have to look very hard to find a politician willing to chastise the media, perhaps […]

Learning from the PA resolution drama

Jul 15th, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

The recent drama surrounding the Punjab Assembly’s resolution criticising the media has been nothing short of a farce. But while neither group comes out of the drama looking like a mature or sensible institution, there is a good opportunity to learn from the fiasco and improve for the future. While possibly not the best way […]