Archive for November 2011

BLACKOUT!

Nov 29th, 2011 | By | Category: Censorship

Once again the national interest has been used to justify a media blackout. This time, foreign media channels deemed as anti-Pakistan are being turned off, but not by the government – by the media itself. In response to what some claim is anti-Pakistan programming, cable operators began pulling the plug on foreign TV channels on Tuesday […]



Unfortunate Layout

Nov 28th, 2011 | By | Category: Funny

Nothing factually or ethically wrong here, just a funny example of how layout decisions can have unintended consequences!



Making Sense on Memogate

Nov 26th, 2011 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, Dunya

It is unfortunately more common that our reports examine inappropriate and unprofessional behaviour by our respected journalists. Occasionally, however, there are moments that make us proud to be associated with the profession and we do like to recognise these as well. After a week of media circuses, we are pleased to be able to once […]



Is media playing favourites?

Nov 24th, 2011 | By | Category: Uncategorized

We’re all well aware of just how vicious the media can be, especially when it comes to politics. Whoever is in power at the time will always suffer the greatest number of attacks, but even opposition politicians are not usually spared the venom of our talk show hosts and their guests. So when a politician […]



Newsweek Pakistan Shows How To Start A Rumour

Nov 22nd, 2011 | By | Category: Newsweek Pakistan

Newsweek Pakistan shows us how easily media can start rumours. Following the resignation of Ambassador Husain Haqqani on Tuesday, Newsweek Pakistan posted the following on Twitter. A few minutes later, Newsweek Pakistan posted again, clarifying that they were unable to verify the claims of their anonymous source. While it is good that Newsweek Pakistan clarified their report, it […]



News..or Gossip?

Nov 22nd, 2011 | By | Category: Express News

“It is also being said…” by who? Who is saying this? What is their credibility? “If we can speculate…” Please don’t! We need facts, not rumour and innuendo. This is not news. This is just gossip.



NDTV interview raises more questions than answers

Nov 21st, 2011 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories

Appearing on NDTV yesterday to explain his view to Barhka Dutt, Mansoor Ijaz’s answers actually raised more questions about his allegations in the ‘memogate’ controversy. Mr Ijaz begins by saying that the international media should be asking “what the government is trying to cover up”, which is a strange way to begin the interview – […]



میڈیا کی عدالت اور حسین حقانی

Nov 20th, 2011 | By | Category: Uncategorized

آج کل کے تمام تر ٹی وی کےپروگرامز کو دیکھنے کے بعد یہ اندازہ ھوا کہ ھمارا میڈیا انصاف کے اصولوں سے ناواقف ھے۔ کسی بھی ایک موضوع یا شخص کو ھدف بنا کر اپنی تمام توانائیاں صرف کر دیتے ھیں۔ کچھ اپنے اداروں کے مقاصد حاصل کرنے کی کوشش کرتے ھیں اور کچھ اپنے […]



Hidden Hands in Pak Media

Nov 20th, 2011 | By | Category: Newsweek Pakistan, The News

A flurry of interesting pieces have begun to appear in the media today, all reporting about a secret meeting between DG ISI Shuja Pasha and Mansoor Ijaz in a London hotel room last month. While PMW is in no place to question the information presented in the news reports, we are troubled by many of […]



The News repeats “ludicrous” claims

Nov 19th, 2011 | By | Category: The News

A curious article appears in The News today which claims that Jang Group researchers discovered that Mansoor Ijaz, the American millionaire at the center of the “memogate” controversy, had previously “negotiated between the United States and the Sudanese government in an otherwise failed effort to apprehend Osama bin Laden”. This is an old and well […]



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