Archive for May 2011

Remembering a Colleague

May 31st, 2011 | By | Category: Uncategorized

Today we mourn the loss of a colleague Syed Saleem Shahzad whose body was found in Sarai Alamgir on Tuesday. Innallila wa innalaha rajaoon. This tragedy is sadly reflective not only of the conditions in the country, but the particularly dangerous conditions for journalists who risk their very lives to shine a light on the […]



The Nation Sets Example For Others

May 30th, 2011 | By | Category: The Nation

We noted last week that a report in The Nation mischaracterised a recent speech by Ambassador to US Husain Haqqani at National Defence University Islamabad. Two days later, the same newspaper issued a correction noting that actually the speech was friendly. Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani was not ‘shell-shocked’, as reported in a […]



Once again, conspiracy theories dominate and public debate suffers

May 30th, 2011 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories

Recent events such as the American raid at Abbottabad and the terrorist attack at PNS Mehran have resulted in journalists twisting logic and at times inventing “facts”. We have already shown several examples of some of the largest media groups projecting conspiracy theories and a jihadi mindset. This has not gone unnoticed, including in Canada […]



Wikileaks selectively quoted for political attack in The News

May 27th, 2011 | By | Category: The News

An article in The News today which claims that Wikileaks proves that Nawaz stood tall and delivered in the restoration of Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry while tarring PPP with a black brush. The author, Anusha Rehman Khan, is of course a PML-N MNA, so her words must be read with the understanding that she is […]



The Nation Mischaracterises, Misquotes Ambassador’s Speech at NDU

May 26th, 2011 | By | Category: The Nation

On 18 May, Pakistan’s Ambassador to US Husain Haqqani arrived at National Defence University Islamabad to speak to students about foreign policy and Pak-US relations. A few days later, on 21 May, The Nation published an article titled ‘NDU audiences response surprises Haqqani’. This article, based on “sources privy to this lecture” described the Ambassador’s […]



Jang Group Promotes Sensational PNS Mehran Conspiracy Theory

May 25th, 2011 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, Jang, The News

A front page article in The News by Mayed Ali that claims to report on the assault on PNS Mehran on Sunday night, but after listing details about the combat radius and onboard radar of the destroyed Orion aircraft the reporter ventures into the land of Hollywood movie-style conspiracy plots. However, it is believed, the […]



Myth of independent media exposed

May 24th, 2011 | By | Category: The News

On 18 May, Ansar Abbasi wrote a piece for The News that claimed “the military establishment have moved to thwart the will of parliament by feeding the media with distorted information”. In fact, another journalist – Omar Waraich – noted in a piece for the American news magazine TIME that the military was holding closed-door […]



A Picture Is Worth A Thousand (Distorted) Words

May 23rd, 2011 | By | Category: The News

The following editorial cartoon appeared on the pages of The Nation on 22 May. The image appears to show an American Uncle Sam wearing a tall hat featuring a Jewish star and holding a gun to the back of a Muslim wearing a hat with a star and crescent to represent Pakistan. This appears to […]



The News Complains About, Spreads Distorted Information

May 19th, 2011 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, Jang, The News

Ansar Abbasi, the Jang Group ‘Investigative Editor’ whose sources were termed ‘incorrigable liars’ by Chief Justice Lahore High Court last year, was featured on the front page of The News complaining that elements within the military establishment have been feeding distorted information to the media. Ironically, Ansar Abbasi concludes his complaining about “unnamed sources” by […]



Media Adds Bodies, Confusion To Drone Death Count

May 17th, 2011 | By | Category: Daily Express, Daily Nawa-i-Waqt, Express News, Express Tribune, Geo TV, Jang, The News

Since Geo took a report from AFP and added two bodies to the death count from a pair of drone strikes in North Waziristan on Monday, news agencies have been in a race to the top of the pile of bodies. The News and Jang added an extra body, making the total 10 deaths. Express […]



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