Archive for November 2010

The Nation Front Page Article On Taxes Misleading, Lacks Evidence

Nov 11th, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

The Nation‘s glaring front page article on proposed tax changes carries a sensational headline that is not supported by any evidence in the actual article. During a time of rising cost for essentials such as sugar, claiming that new taxes will further raise prices is certain to cause alarm. The reporter Javaid-ur-rehman’s column begins with […]

Jang Group Eats Crow After FIA Declares LHC Assassination Conspiracy As 'Unverifiable'

Nov 8th, 2010 | By | Category: Jang, The News

While most of the country is preparing for an Eid feast this week, Jang Group is sitting before a giant plate of crow. Recently, the star reporter for Jang’s English newspaper The News, Ansar Abbasi, wrote a column that caused an outcry among the media, judiciary, and executive office of government. He claimed to have […]

President Zardari Addresses SAFMA

Nov 8th, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

President Zadari addressed the 4th national conference of South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA) on Sunday during which he urged the media to take a more positive tone and assured journalists that his administration will not take a crack down on the media as previous governments have done. The President acknowledged the struggle of media […]

Media Silence: APCOMS

Nov 5th, 2010 | By | Category: Censorship, The News

This blog has pointed out in the past that often what is not reported in the media is equally as important as what is reported. By promoting certain positions, the media has a great deal of influence on public attitudes – if people constantly hear that the government is corrupt, they will believe it. And […]

Shaheen Sehbai's Fools Gold

Nov 4th, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

Shaheen Sehbai appears to be challenging for ‘Best Drama Screenplay’ with his column for The News, “$260 billion gold mines going for a song, behind closed doors“. Sehabi’s front page article is filled with back-stabbing, conspiracies, and corporate intrigue. Unfortunately, it is lacking in any real investigative reporting. From the beginning, Shaheen Sehbai takes such […]

Express Tribune Joins Gossip Brigade

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

In a disappointing move, The Express Tribune has apparently decided to take a page from Hamid Mir’s gossip column in their own newspaper. The article, “Zardari makes an appearance; raises eyebrows“, by reporter Maha Mussadaq reads like a celebrity gossip column and provides no substantive news to readers. What Maha Mussadaq’s short article lacks in […]

Cult of Anonymity

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

The use of anonymous sources is a controversial practice, though at times it is a necessity to protect the identities of individuals who are revealing important information at great risk. But it is also true that this practice is often abused and used as a way to hide the identities of political operatives. But this […]