Archive for August 2010

'Trust Deficit' a Self Fulfilling Prophecy?

Aug 17th, 2010 | By | Category: Foreign Media

Pakistan is suffering from the worst disaster in recent history, said UN General Secretary Ban Ki Moon as he witnessed the devastation himself. Still, many commentators have noticed that except for the US and UK, most nations have not offered much in the way of humanitarian relief. A popular notion in the media has blamed […]

Serious Problems with Misused Aid Funds Report

Aug 15th, 2010 | By | Category: Foreign Media

Saturday’s edition of The Nation included an article that claims that President Zardari has been misusing foreign aid from the 2005 Earthquake. The story has now been picked up by Express Tribune, Dawn, and others. But where did this story come from, and is it reliable? The story originated with Dean Nelson, the Telegraph‘s South […]

Nadeem Paracha on Media Reaction to Shoe Incident and Aftermath

Aug 12th, 2010 | By | Category: Censorship, Ethics

Nadeem Paracha, writing for Dawn Blog today, analyses the media reaction to the ‘shoe incident’ and the resulting protests by political activists against the media. One can’t help but come away thinking of an old song lyric. There’s battle lines being drawn Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong The attacks were a highly undemocratic act and […]

How Media Missed Jihadi Orchestration of London Protest

Aug 11th, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

Outside Zardari’s appearance at the PPP rally in Birmingham, England, a crowd of protesters gathered to express their opposition to the president and his message. Inside, crowds chanted their support for the president. But there was another story that was missed by the press altogether. This is a perfect example of how even reputable foreign […]

Media Coercion Never Justified

Aug 10th, 2010 | By | Category: Censorship

While this blog has posed questions and challenges for news media reporting about the alleged shoe throwing incident, we are troubled by reports that certain news media are being coerced by political activists. Factual accuracy and political fairness cannot be achieved through political coercion – only through an honest and open discussion of media reports. […]

'Shoe Incident' a Real News Story? Or Political Theatre?

Aug 9th, 2010 | By | Category: Geo TV, Jang, The News

Shoe throwing gained global prominence as a protest tactic in 2008 when Iraqi journalist Muntadar al-Zeidi threw his shoes at the then-President of the US, George Bush. Since then, it has been a popular form of protest for many different nations. The same tactic has been used against Chinese premier Wen Jiabao in 2009, and […]

Media Double Game Against Bilawal?

Aug 6th, 2010 | By | Category: Daily Times, Dawn, Express Tribune, Jang, The Nation, The News

Last night Bilawal Bhutto Zardari released a statement about his immediate future. In short, he says, “I am currently looking into the possibility of studying law” and will not be jumping into politics as widely reported. According to his statement, Bilawal felt compelled to act out, “to counter some inaccurate information that has recently been […]

The News Peddles Conspiracies, Political Attacks (Part II)

Aug 5th, 2010 | By | Category: Jang, The News

Akhtar Nawaz pens a tirade of smears and attacks, backed by no facts or evidence but only political anger about the issue of degree accreditation. While his colleague Abdul Zahoor Khan Marwat peddles conspiracy theories, Nawaz simply spills venom on the page. This is the introduction to Akhtar Nawaz’s column in The News of yesterday: […]

The News Peddles Conspiracies, Political Attacks (Part I)

Aug 4th, 2010 | By | Category: Jang, The News

The News today is peddling conspiracy theories and political attack in the place of actual news reporting. This has been an ongoing problem with Jang Group’s English newspaper, and the quality of reporting appears to be getting worse. Today’s edition contains two columns that stand out as such poor quality that they do not even […]

Express Tribune Joining Conspiracy Brigade?

Aug 3rd, 2010 | By | Category: Express Tribune

A disappointing move by Express Tribune which has been a relatively good source of unbiased information since its recent launch. Today the new blog on the news website includes a conspiracy column by discredited conspiracy theorist Ahmed Quraishi. Quraishi’s post is a perfect example of his style of disinformation and sleight-of-hand propaganda. He begins with […]