Archive for March 2011

Mullah Ansar Abbasi Imitates American, Indian Religious Extremists

Mar 31st, 2011 | By | Category: Jang, The News

In his latest bizarre religious sermon, Qadi Ansar Abbasi has explained the CWC 2011 semi-final loss to arch rival India as due to Allah’s anger at a lack of anti-American protests. And yet despite our weaknesses and faults, and our rigidity not to get ourselves reformed, we pray to Allah to give us success in […]

Media Predictions Proved Wrong Yet Again

Mar 29th, 2011 | By | Category: Business Recorder, Pak Observer, Pakistan Today, The Nation

Last year we ran a short series on ‘Wishful Journalism’ that included an piece about media predictions that Husain Haqqani’s removal was imminent. These predictions were eventually proven incorrect, and the Ambassador was given an extension of one year. As that one-year extension approached its end this month, the predictions were once again revived and […]

Libya, Conspiracies, and Double Standards

Mar 28th, 2011 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, Daily Mail, Daily Times, The Nation

Last week, director at the South Asia Free Media Association, Khaled Ahmed, held a mirror to the nation’s commentariat and observed the uncomfortable truth that it’s only when non-Muslims kill Muslims that we complain. He was writing about how so many turn a blind eye to daily atrocities committed by Taliban jihadis, choosing instead to […]

Fauzia Yazdani: Nikki nikki dholki

Mar 27th, 2011 | By | Category: Uncategorized

I received a lovely joke this morning, which is that a Mirasi’s father was dying and the whole family was sitting around him in his final moments, which got prolonged. Made desperate by this somber wait-n-see, one of them said: “Jad tak aba nahin marda niki niki dholki na waja leye?” (‘While we await father’s […]

The curse of yellow journalism in Pakistan

Mar 26th, 2011 | By | Category: Uncategorized

The following piece by Malik Ayub Sumbal was originally published by European Journalism Centre on 25 March. An excerpt is produced below. For the full article please visit The rise of sensationalist media and yellow journalism in Pakistan has led to the emergence of a debate in various circles in the country about the […]

Yawar Abbas: Is the media fanning extremism?

Mar 24th, 2011 | By | Category: Uncategorized

The following thought provoking column by Yawar Abbas raises several excellent points for examination. The piece was originally published in Daily Times on 24 March 2011 and is re-posted here for your consideration. The assassination of Salmaan Taseer at the hands of a religious zealot threw open the debate over the media’s role in encouraging […]

Factual Problems In Shaheen Sehbai’s Latest ‘Analysis’

Mar 23rd, 2011 | By | Category: Jang, The News

In his latest column for The News (Jang Group), Shaheen Sehbai holds a ‘funhouse mirror’ to the president’s speech and comes up with a curious 10-point list of what the president did not say in his address to the National Assembly on Tuesday. Sehbai’s column is purely editorial, though it is labeled as ‘News Analysis’ […]

A little patience, please

Mar 23rd, 2011 | By | Category: Dawn

Dawn‘s editorial on the president’s speech offers some good advice to media groups and journalists: Finally, a word about the destabilising role of sections of the media. Clearly, the political class needs its feet held close to the fire — the elites are too entrenched to initiate on their own the deep reforms the country […]

PEMRA Controversy

Mar 22nd, 2011 | By | Category: Ethics, Geo TV, Jang, PEMRA

The News today leads with a troubling story about a PEMRA executive instructing an employee to play games with the broadcast of cricket World Cup on Geo Super. The whistleblowing employee, Regional General Manager of Pemra in Balochistan Gul Muhammad Kakar, provided a document that describes his claim. This case should be investigated to ensure […]

Qadi Ansar Abbasi

Mar 19th, 2011 | By | Category: Jang, The News

Ansar Abbasi is donning the robes of justice again, just as he did last year when he took suo moto notice of NAB and, despite a total lack of evidence, accused the government of launching a full frontal attack against the Chief Justice. As usual, it has been several months since that prediction and yet […]