Archive for February 2011

Matiullah Jan Holds Colleagues Accountable, Exposes Corruption In Media

Feb 28th, 2011 | By | Category: Dawn News TV, Ethics, Geo TV, Jang, Samaa TV, Waqt TV

We have posted several times over the years that the solution to irresponsibility and unethical behaviour in media lies not with any government interference, but within media itself. Better training, better oversight by editors and industry associations, hiring of ombudsmen, and the type of self-policing that is exemplified by Matiullah Jan’s show Apna Gareebaan on […]



Media Conspiracy Theories Continue to Embarrass

Feb 25th, 2011 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, Foreign Media

Pakistan media has already been termed ‘conspiracy-palooza‘ by one prominent magazine, and now Global Post has also taken notice of the conspiracy theories running riot in our media. Reporter Nicolas Brulliard says the Raymond Davis shooting began as a nightmare, but was quickly exploited and transformed into ‘a field day for Pakistan’s conspiracy theorists’. One […]



Pakistan Media Termed ‘Conspiracy-Palooza’

Feb 24th, 2011 | By | Category: Express Tribune, Foreign Media, The Nation

American news magazine Wired has termed the Pakistani media ‘Conspiracy-Palooza’ due to the number of conspiracy theories being circulated about the Raymond Davis case and notes that such rumours are fueling the very crisis. The article specifically mentions the role of The Nation and Express Tribune in spreading “transparently silly stories”. Al-Qaeda’s nuclear arms dealer? […]



Media’s ‘Myopic Zeal’ and Political Bias

Feb 23rd, 2011 | By | Category: Aaj TV, Express Tribune, The Nation

The political bias of certain journalists is well documented. Nor is this a problem unique to Pakistan Nobody questions the conservative leaning of FOX News (USA), the liberal leaning of The Guardian (UK), or the establishment credentials of The Nation (Pak). When one looks to these media groups, the perspective that will be used is […]



How Propaganda Gets Into Foreign Media

Feb 22nd, 2011 | By | Category: Foreign Media, Jang, The News

Proper investigative journalism is severely lacking and this is effecting not only our own media but international reporting on Pakistan as well. As reporting on Pakistan becomes more and more dangerous for foreign journalists, often accused of being ‘spies’ by certain right-wing elements, the international press becomes reliant on our own journalists to feed them […]



Urdu Media’s Jihadi Propaganda

Feb 19th, 2011 | By | Category: Daily Times

by Farhat Taj Some people in Waziristan have requested that I write about a column published in the Urdu daily Mashriq on January 2, 2011. Following is the summary of the column, titled ‘Hakeemullah Mehsud’s lover’. A senior female French journalist contacted a tribal journalist form Waziristan via Facebook. The French lady requested him to […]



Media Adds To Raymond Davis Confusion

Feb 18th, 2011 | By | Category: Jang, Pakistan Today, The News

Can it be any surprise that confusion surrounds the curious case of Raymond Davis when the media continues to add to the confusion with contradictory headlines? The News on Friday included several front page headlines that directly contradicted each other. On the issue of foreign aid, two article, ‘Top US lawmakers reject cut in Pak […]



The Nation’s Jihadi Propaganda

Feb 17th, 2011 | By | Category: The Nation

The Nation has long held onto the Nazariya-e-Pakistan philosophy of the Zia years, Majid Nizami even going so far as to brag in his official biography that “General Zia-ul-Haq recommended him as a nominee to the Shura”. (It should be noted that Nizami incorrectly says that the Shura was the parliament, when in all actuality […]



Valentine’s Day at The Nation

Feb 17th, 2011 | By | Category: The Nation

The Nation may think that it is very clever, but once again it has missed the glaringly obvious. In the Wednesday edition of the newspaper a cartoon is featured on the Opinion page depicting Fauzia Wahab taking a rose to Raymond Davis. The cartoon includes the caption, “Valentine’s Day observed with full fervour in Pakistan”. […]



Poor Reporting on Raymond Davis Confusing Issues

Feb 15th, 2011 | By | Category: Daily Times, Dawn, The Nation, The News

The Raymond Davis case continues to dominate media headlines, though the people are probably more confused than ever about the facts due to poor reporting on the issue. Ansar Abbasi has termed the issue in The News ‘the Lal Masjid of present govt’, a term he appears to have borrowed from Hamid Gul. “A national […]



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