Archive for July 2011

Reality check for “insignificant” US aid

Jul 30th, 2011 | By | Category: Pakistan Today

While the American Congress debates whether to cut aid to Pakistan, the media seems to be taking it upon itself to make the case that the US doe snot need to be sending any more money to Pakistan. No, I am not referring to FOX News, I’m talking about Pakistani media. A prime example can be […]



More Plagiarism Allegations Hit Jang Group

Jul 29th, 2011 | By | Category: Ethics, Jang, The News

Latest plagiarism allegations against Jang Group comes from blogger Abdullah Saad who posted on Twitter about an article by Ikram Sehgal that is strangely similar to a post by Saad earlier this year. Ikram Sehgal: Without seeking to achieve parity with India, Pakistan has to maintain the status quo, by upgrading its non-conventional weapons capabilities i.e. better […]



Is American preparing war against Pakistan? Latest conspiracy theory in The News

Jul 23rd, 2011 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, The News

This has been an inauspicious year for Pakistan. Governor of Punjab and a Cabinet Minister assassinated. World’s most wanted terrorist discovered living in Abbottabad. PNS Mehran attacked by Taliban militants. Karachi enflamed by target killings. Clearly this all points to one possible outcome…war with America? That’s right. According to Aijaz Zaka Syed, Pakistan is the […]



Culture of plagiarism at Jang Group

Jul 22nd, 2011 | By | Category: Geo TV, ISPR, Jang

Below is the opening paragraph from an article in the 14 July edition of British newspaper The Economist. EVEN at the best of times it would have seemed unusual for America’s embassy in Islamabad to organise its recent gathering for “gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender” people. Given the grim state of bilateral relations, the meeting […]



Yahood-o-Hanood Ki Saazish

Jul 20th, 2011 | By | Category: Daily Nawa-i-Waqt, The Nation

Talat Hussain owes a favour to Nawa-i-Waqt. Following his stunningly poor report that laid the blame for violence in Karachi at the convenient scapegoat of President Zardari, Nawa-i-Waqt followed by placing the blame at an even more remote bogey – the Hindu-Zionist conspiracy! According to an editorial in The Nation, recent statements by Interior Minister […]



How not to write analysis or Has Talat Hussain ever been to Karachi?

Jul 17th, 2011 | By | Category: Dawn

The recent violence that engulfed Karachi was a tragedy of immense proportions. If any good can come of such a tragedy, it will begin by taking a critical look at the root causes of violent outbreaks, and work towards a solution that respects the rights and the needs of all Karachiites. Unfortunately, this discussion is […]



Pot bhai, please meet Mr Kettle

Jul 16th, 2011 | By | Category: The Nation

This is from an editorial in The Nation about the Mumbai blasts on Wednesday: Although the Indian government talked about foreign hand and did not start the blame game as is its wont, the surprising and sad thing is that the Indian media almost with indecent haste jumped to the conclusion that the attacks were […]



Reports on American Aid – Fiction & Reality.

Jul 15th, 2011 | By | Category: Dawn, The News

The News (Jang Group) yesterday published an editorial which characterises as ‘punitive’ the recent announcement by US officials that $800 million in aid to Pakistan will be suspended. But is this really a case of the US ‘punishing’ Pakistan? Though only two paragraphs, the editorial in question describes the situation in harsh terms several times. […]



اردو پرنٹ میڈیا کی ایک بار پھر غیر ذمہدارانہ رپورٹنگ

Jul 12th, 2011 | By | Category: Blogs, Daily Express, Daily Nawa-i-Waqt, Jang, Urdu Media, اردو

آج کی تاریخ کے تینوں اثرورسوخ والے اخبارات (جنگ ،ایکسپریس ،نوائے وقت) کو دیکھنے کے بعد اس بات کا پتا چلتا ھے کے اردو پرنٹ میڈیا کے یھ علم بردار بھی سچائی سے کوسوں دور ھیں اور کھانیاں گھڑنے سے بالکل نھیں کتراتے۔ :سب سے پھلے نوائے وقت کی سرخی نیچے ملاحضہ فرمایں اس بات […]



If only our own media was held to the same standard

Jul 10th, 2011 | By | Category: Ethics, Geo TV, ISPR

Geo TV report quotes DG ISPR Major General Athar Abbas criticising The New York Times for unsubstantiated reports based on anonymous sources “without any concrete evidence”. According to the official ISPR press release, Gen Abbas gave the following statement: ‘In some cases, information that was controversial then, and seems questionable now, was insufficiently qualified or allowed to stand unchallenged. […]



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