Note on the ongoing ‘Memogate’ controversy

Nov 19th, 2011 | By | Category: Meta

As is well known, this blog took the position early on that the claims of Mr Mansoor Ijaz about a secret memo were being treated as true without supporting evidence. As has become known over the past week, the facts behind the story appear to be far more mysterious than we had even imagined. Admiral Mullen denied the existence of any memo, only to miraculously find a copy a week later. It is now and always has been our intention to fact-check without taking any side in a story. When we reported that Admiral Mullen denied Mansoor Ijaz’s claims, we had no way of knowing that he would change his story a few days later. We deeply regretted any confusion that may have resulted, and decided to stop writing on the issue as we hoped that the facts would be revealed quickly, but as each day passed things only seemed stranger and more uncertain.

After careful discussion among ourselves and at the request of dear readers, we have agreed to continue to fact check claims made in the media about the ‘memogate’ issue without any bias or favouritism for either side. As we watch sensational, contradictory and inaccurate reporting continuing, we feel that it is important that we do our best to provide a neutral fact-checking to the best of our ability.

To our dear readers: If you find anything in our reports that require corrections, we request that you please let us know either by posting a comment or sending us a private note using the ‘Contact’ page on this blog. Please include a verifiable source for the corrected information so that we may attribute it accordingly and point other readers to the facts. If any tips are not posted quickly, it is because we are taking extra steps to research and verify claims on this sensitive issue. We believe that it is more important that a report be CORRECT than FAST, and we will continue to do our best to make sure that you, our dear reader, can rely on the accuracy of our research.


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  1. The Pakistan Media Watch (PMW) assumes every news in Pakistan can be sorted out by black and white cut throat logic. In this country, corruption and lying is rampant especially in politics. If we rely on logic only, every politician will look like a angel.

    Without rumors there will be no news of corruption in this country and politicians will keep on playing double games with the people and the country. I don’t know about the Jang group but relying on unnamed sources is very common in western media too.

  2. Kashif bhai, PMW believes facts are facts, and neither is logic what cut throats in this country, nor is reason the cause of corruption. “Without rumors there will be no news of corruption” is a poor excuse for laziness. If our journalists spent more time honestly investigating and fact-finding and less time cut-and-pasting from Wikipedia after chai samosa with “informed sources”, perhaps something could actually be done about the issues facing the nation.

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