The Nation Sets Example For Others

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

The Nation logoWe 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 newspaper report, when a poll he took during a lecture in Islamabad last week reflected anti-American sentiment among the audience, a statement posted on Pakistan Media Watch, a website devoted to fact-checking, said.

The website also placed a video of the ambassador’s exchange with students of National Defence University (NDU) in support of its assertion, saying the May 21 report in The Nation mischaracterised his speech about foreign policy and Pak-US relations.

“Nowhere in the video does one see a ‘shell-shocked’ or ‘speechless’ Ambassador,” the statement said, referring to the newspaper report. “Also, video clearly shows that the exchange was part of a broader, friendly discussion with NDU students about how foreign policy and specifically Pak-US relations should be considered with logic and reason and not emotions driving the debate.”

This is a good example for other media groups to follow. It is not unheard of that a news source will give incorrect information either intentionally or unintentionally and the reporter may be none the wiser. Even the great journalist make mistakes sometimes or are misled themselves. It is a sign of the greatest journalistic professionalism to admit those mistakes and offer corrections so that the readers will get the correct information. The Nation deserves recognition for issuing a correction. We hope other media groups will follow this example.

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