Archive for October 2011

Media Conspiracies and Imran Khan

Oct 31st, 2011 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories

In an otherwise straightforward speech in Lahore on Sunday, Imran Khan alluded to a conspiracy theory of Mansoor Ijaz that this blog has discredited not only once, but twice already. One can give Imran Khan the benefit of doubt, though, as there is a history of examples of journalists feeding Imran conspiracies, possibly as an […]



Journalism and Agency Managed Media

Oct 28th, 2011 | By | Category: Ethics

The thin line between journalism and managed media was pointed out by Ejaz Haider in his column for Pakistan Today, ‘Journalism or Jabberwocky‘. Writing about a recent BBC report claiming that ISI is training and arming Taliban, Ejaz points out that, wait, the entire investigation was managed by Afghanistan’s spy agency, National Directorate of Security […]



Beighariat Karnay Wali Brigade

Oct 26th, 2011 | By | Category: Uncategorized

The YouTube video for ‘Aalu Anday’ may have made Beyghairat Brigade an instant Internet sensation while making the politicians and officials who were the targets of their satire uncomfortable. But there’s one group in particular that should have felt especially shamed by the popularity of ‘Aalu Anday’, and that’s the media which avoids any confrontation […]



The line between ‘reporting’ and ‘mouthpiece’

Oct 25th, 2011 | By | Category: Daily Express, Daily Khabrian, Ethics, Jang, The Nation

What is the line between ‘reporting’ and ‘mouthpiece’? When is a reporter simply telling about an event, and when is he amplifying a political message? This is not an easy question – it raises important questions of neutrality and professional responsibility in journalism, as well as what is media’s role in society. But whether or […]



Garaibaan mei jhankna

Oct 19th, 2011 | By | Category: Geo TV, The News

Rahimullah Yusufzai, resident editor of The News (Jang Group) in Peshawar, takes a very critical stance of American foreign policy in Afghanistan, saying that US foreign policy is a mess of confusion because the Americans do not actually know Afghanistan as well as they think they do, and this “paucity of knowledge” has resulted in […]



The News (Jamiat Group?)

Oct 17th, 2011 | By | Category: Jang, Jasarat, The News

Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT), the allegedly independent student political group widely considered student wing of Jamaat-i-Islami, is holding a three-day convention in Lahore presently. While such a conference can be a legitimate news story, we were surprised by the way that it was reported by The News (Jang Group). An article in yesterday’s The News reported […]



The News speculates on Mansoor Ijaz with a twist

Oct 15th, 2011 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, Jang, The News

When Mansoor Ijaz’s piece in Financial Times was published earlier this week, we could almost feel the excitement in the air. Here is a piece in the international media that claims a conspiracy from president’s house! But, wait, there’s a problem! The majority of the piece actually attacks the national agencies a being a source […]



انصار عباسی کی بے دلیل منطق اور تنقید

Oct 13th, 2011 | By | Category: Jang, Uncategorized, Urdu Media, اردو

پاکستان میڈیا واچ اگرچہ انصار عباسی کا کالم انگریزی زبان میں چھاپ چکا ھے لیکن پھر بھی ھماری ٹیم نے اردو میں پوسٹ کرنا اور بھی مناسب سمجھا تاکہ اردو قارین بھی اچھی طرح سچائی سے واقف ھو سکیں۔ انصار عباسی اپنے جنگ کے کالم میں سلمان تاثیر کے قاتل ممتاز قادری کی انسداد دھشت […]



Is Khawaja Sharif or Ansar Abbasi defending Mumtaz Qadri?

Oct 13th, 2011 | By | Category: Jang, The News

On the front page of The News on Wednesday, Ansar Abbasi makes the shocking revelation that Naval Chief Admiral (R) Saeed Muhammad Khan, under whose oversight the controversial purchase of French Agosta submaries took place, has told the court investigating the scandal that it wasn’t his fault. It must be an interesting world that Ansar […]



Pakistan’s James Bond? Or Nicholas Schmidle…

Oct 11th, 2011 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories

Two months ago, Nicholas Schmidle caught the nation’s attention with his sensational piece for The New Yorker that presented a made-for-Hollywood re-telling of the Abbottabad operation. Now, a new thriller appears in the Financial Times, this time by a Pakistani. But, like Mr Schmidle’s earlier piece, this one, too, may not appear to be all […]



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