Archive for January 2011

The News “Journalistic Garbage” About Zardari’s Trip

Jan 15th, 2011 | By | Category: Jang, The News

Just days after a court terms Jang Group’s prized reporter Ansar Abbasi’s sourcers “incorrigible liars”, The News (Jang Group) has outdone itself in the field of anonymours rumours and baseless speculations. An article from the 14 January edition featured the sensational headline, “Zardari to seek Karzai-like US security?” and was so completely devoid of facts […]

Court Terms Ansar Abbasi Sources “Incorrigible Liars”

Jan 14th, 2011 | By | Category: Express Tribune, Jang, The News

Ansar Abbasi is a constant defender of his reporting and his anonymous sources, even though his predictions do not come true and his conspiracies prove false. Despite the growing record of the unreliability of Ansar Abbasi’s reporting, Jang Group continues to publish his writing to this day without any public corrections or apologies for his […]

Wali Khan Baber Killed

Jan 13th, 2011 | By | Category: Geo TV

Wali Khan Baber has been killed according to news reports. The Geo TV reporter was covering operation against drug-traffickers in Pehalwan Goth. Baber’s death comes only a few weeks after International NGO Committee to Protect Journalists terms Pakistan ‘deadliest nation‘.

Cover up is always worse than the crime

Jan 12th, 2011 | By | Category: PEMRA, The Nation, Waqt TV

As was reported by most news agencies yesterday, PEMRA imposed fine on two TV channels for projecting terrorists, showing blood and gore. The two TV channels are Samaa TV and Waqt TV. Despite this official press release, The Nation published an article on page 12 headlined:PEMRA denies fining Waqt TV. According to this article the […]

PEMRA in the spotlight

Jan 11th, 2011 | By | Category: PEMRA, Samaa TV, Waqt TV

PEMRA is finding itself in the spotlight this week, its actions getting mixed reviews from commenters for its inconsistency in enforcing electronic media regulations. Blog Cafe Pyala notes that PEMRA issued fines on Rs. 1 million each to Samaa TV and Waqt TV for airing an interview of Mumtaz Qadri who has confessed to murdering […]

Did Cameron Munter Say US Has Right To Interfere In Pak Affairs?

Jan 9th, 2011 | By | Category: Dawn, The Nation, The News

A recent speech by Cameron Munter has taken on a life and a meaning all its own thanks to the ‘spin doctors’ at our media groups. Rather than reporting the actual statements, media groups are adding an interpretation of their own which reinforces predetermined ideas, but does not accurately reflect the statements of the American […]

When Watch Dogs Become Lap Dogs

Jan 8th, 2011 | By | Category: Uncategorized

Much is said about the role of media as watch dog. This is almost always used as a justification for criticising government policy or accusing someone of corruption, usually without any evidence. It’s true that keeping watch over politicians and government officials is part of media’s role in society (though it must be done honestly […]

Ansar Abbasi’s Continued Politicking

Jan 7th, 2011 | By | Category: Jang, The News

Ansar Abbasi is not missing the opportunity of recent events and has been using his column as a space for brazen politicking rather than reporting. Two articles this week are so clearly politically motivated that they stand out. On Tuesday, The News featured a front page story by Ansar Abbasi titled, “What PML-N can and […]

The media’s role in Taseer’s murder

Jan 6th, 2011 | By | Category: Ethics

Samad Khurram’s latest column for Express Tribune explains why the out of control media shares some responsibility for the death of Salmaan Taseer, and why it is so imperative that we get it under control before it destroys us all. It is quite likely that the tragic murder of Salmaan Taseer, much like the other […]

Salmaan Taseer, Rest In Peace

Jan 4th, 2011 | By | Category: Geo TV, Jang

The media response to the assassination of Governor Punjab Salmaan Taseer today has been deplorable. Just when I think that things can not reach a lower level, I turn on my TV to be yet again disappointed. From the comments of Ansar Abbasi and Irfan Siddiqui to Geo’s animated depiction of the vicious murder, the […]