Archive for October 2010

Daily Times Condemns Media Rumour Mongering

Oct 16th, 2010 | By | Category: Daily Times, Geo TV, Jang

The following editorial appeared in today’s Daily Times and echoes our analysis of yesterday on the issue of media’s role in the executive-judiciary tensions. Of particular interest is the statement by the Daily Times editorial staff: Even the prime minister’s statement that this was a conspiracy to pitch the two institutions against each other was […]

Is Media Intentionally Fueling Executive-Judiciary Tension?

Oct 15th, 2010 | By | Category: Aaj TV, ARY TV, Geo TV, Jang, The News

Imagine how much could be done towards actually rooting out corruption, overhauling the tax system, and all the other issues supposedly important to the media intelligentsia if they would quite wasting time on rumours and conspiracy theories. Just last night there was another emergency that turned out to be a non-emergency only because of some […]

Journalism…Or Jingoism?

Oct 13th, 2010 | By | Category: Express Tribune, Samaa TV

Fasi Zaka has a new installment in what appears to be a series on the treatment of Dr. Aafia by news media. If you will recall, Fasi made a startling claim a week ago that TV anchors were deliberately misreporting the Dr. Aafia case. This week, he continues his expose by analyzing several shows and […]

The News vs. The News On Deedar Hussain Shah

Oct 10th, 2010 | By | Category: Jang, The News

Yesterday’s edition of The News (Jang) included another example of politicized reporting that even contradicts other reports in the same newspaper. Ansar Abbasi’s top news story, “New NAB chairman, a Jiyala from A to Z” accuses President Zardari of appointing a political crony as the new NAB chief. His report calls Deedar Hussain Shah “controversial” […]

Talha Jalal: Media Ethics In Pakistan

Oct 8th, 2010 | By | Category: Daily Times

The following column by Talha Jalal is one of the best analysis of media ethics that we have read. The author does an excellent job of explaining not only the problems but the consequences of these practices also. His article was originally published in Daily Times newspaper on 8 October 2010. Until 2002, the only […]

Ridding Ourselves Of Shireen Mazari's Mistakes

Oct 6th, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

In an opinion column published in today’s The Nation, “Ridding ourselves of the US“, Shireen Mazari makes several incorrect claims about incidents and statistics in the war against militants. While Shireen Mazari is certainly entitled to her own opinion about the war, she is not entitled to her own facts. Shireen Mazari claims that drone […]

Ansar Abbasi's Attack On Musharraf Beyond The Pale

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

Ansar Abbasi’s article for The News on Saturday, “Hypocrite, coward Musharraf blows hot air but will never return”, is a shockingly unprofessional rant that does not even pretend to be a proper news report. While the article was published with the word “Comment”, it was, nevertheless, published on page 2 of the newspaper under the […]

Are TV Anchors Honestly Reporting Dr Aafia's Case?

Oct 4th, 2010 | By | Category: Express Tribune

In a column for Express Tribune last week, Fasi Zaka made a startling claim: TV anchors are intentionally misleading viewers about the Dr. Aafia Siddiqui case. I have a friend who works in the production unit of Pakistan’s most watched channels, and she told me an interesting anecdote that when the verdict was announced for […]

The News (Jang) Publishes Defamatory Headline Against Musharraf

Oct 1st, 2010 | By | Category: Jang, The News

The News (Jang) today published a ‘top story’ carrying a headline that refers to Pervez Musharraf as ‘Crazy’. This is a wholly irresponsible and potentially defamatory action by the Jang Group newspaper. Gen. Musharraf is, of course, entitled to his opinions about the proper role of the military. If he believes in military dictatorship, for […]