Archive for September 2010

When is reporting a rumour tantamount to spreading it?

Sep 13th, 2010 | By | Category: Foreign Media, Jang, The Nation, The News

An interesting article has been floated around since appearing for the first time yesterday in the UK. The article, published by the Sunday Express, reports that British Special Air Service (SAS) troops are planning to evacuate Britons from Pakistan in the event of a coup. The article in question, by British reporter James Murray, SAS […]



View Point: 9/11 and Pakistan’s Urdu press

Sep 13th, 2010 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, Daily Nawa-i-Waqt, The Nation

The following article originally appeared in the Internet Magazine View Point on Saturday. Pakistan’s Urdu press is perhaps the most careless, irresponsible and demagogic in the world. It promotes conspiracy theories day in day out. Instead of expert knowledge, most editorialists and columnists rely on crude propaganda, emotionalism and prejudice. It does not let the […]



The Nation Publishes Taliban PR

Sep 10th, 2010 | By | Category: The Nation

We have been writing lately about evidence of media priorities and questions about whether some news organizations are providing PR for banned organizations and jihadi groups. We have so far shown some evidence that suggests that this is present in both English language and Urdu language media, but so far most of the evidence has […]



Evidence That Advertising Is Driving PR For Banned Organizations?

Sep 8th, 2010 | By | Category: Daily Khabrian, Daily Nawa-i-Waqt, Dawn, The Nation, The News

Recently we noted that Daily Nawa-i-Waqt was accepting advertising from a banned group, Jamaat ud Dawa. We asked whether accepting advertising from banned groups would affect the reporting or editorial stance of the newspaper such as leading to articles that are sympathetic to or supportive of this group? The answer may be showing itself. A […]



Newspaper Accepts Paid Advertisements From Banned Groups

Sep 7th, 2010 | By | Category: Daily Nawa-i-Waqt

Banned group Jamaat ud Dawa has paid newspapers for advertising space – and the newspapers accepted the offer. This raises further questions around the topic of media priorities that we began discussing last week. Daily Nawa-i-waqt ran a large paid advertisement signed by Hafiz Saeed for Jamaat ud Dawa that says, Responsible people and members […]



Please, Keep It To The Facts

Sep 6th, 2010 | By | Category: Blogs

The following comment was left on a column by Ms Beenish Ahmed for Huffington Post. Ms Ahmed writes about the rumours being circulated that Asif Zardari has purchased a London flat for some £140 million. Whereas Waj’s evidence was an email being forwarded around, Ms Ahmed’s proof comes from statements of Dr Saeed Elahi in […]



Are Some Journalists Providing PR For Banned Groups?

Sep 3rd, 2010 | By | Category: Daily Khabrian, Daily Times, Dawn, Jang, The News

Are some journalists, either unwittingly or for pay, providing PR for banned militant groups? That is a question raised by Gulmina Bilal Ahmad in today’s Daily Times, and one that bears close examination. Gulmina takes to task reporter Yousaf Ali from The News for an article he wrote last week claiming that “Islamic charities most […]



Media Priorities

Sep 2nd, 2010 | By | Category: Daily Times, Dawn, The Nation, The News

Today we began what we believe will be an interesting experiment in observing media priorities. We started by looking at what different newspapers found to be worthy of front page coverage and also the topics of each paper’s editorials. The results might surprise you…but probably not. Yesterday, Pakistan suffered a serious attack in which at […]



Quran Burning – Facts and Fiction

Sep 1st, 2010 | By | Category: Daily Nawa-i-Waqt

While the primary focus of this blog has, so far, been English language media, this represents but a small part of the media – and an even smaller part of the problem of inaccurate and misleading stories. Take, for example, a front page story from the Nawa-i-Waqt newspaper about a Christian church in Florida, USA […]



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