Archive for February 2012

What’s next for Pasha? Depends where you get your news…

Feb 27th, 2012 | By | Category: Pakistan Today, The Nation

Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha was offered a historic third term as DG ISI last year. As the end of his appointment once again draws near, rumours and speculation have begun to run rampant about what is next for the ISI chief. At times like these, people look to the media to inform them of […]



Jang Group Attacks Human Rights Watch

Feb 23rd, 2012 | By | Category: Jang, The News

In Daily Jang and The News, Ahmad Noorani accuses Pakistan Director Human Rights Watch Ali Dayan Hasan of “presenting wrong facts and figures” and presenting a one-sided view of the Balochistan crisis in his testimony at the US Congress earlier this month. Noorani’s article supports a popular narrative – that the American hearing was not a fair and […]



کامران شاھد کی اپنے پروگرام میں شرمناک اینکرنگ

Feb 17th, 2012 | By | Category: Express News, Uncategorized, اردو

  ایکسپریس ٹی وی کے کل رات کے پروگرام فرنٹ لائن ود کامران شاھد کو دیکھنے کے بعد پاکستانی میڈیا کی رپورٹنگ کھل کر سامنے آگئی ھے۔اگرچہ یہ پہلی بار نھیں ھے کہ لائو ٹی وی پر ٹاک شو میں مہمانوں نے بد تمیزی کی ھو لیکن اس حد تک پہنچ کے بھی اینکر کا […]



Media Under Siege

Feb 16th, 2012 | By | Category: Threats to Journalists

On Monday’s Capital Talk, Hamid Mir reviewed a clip from the Difa-e-Pakistan Council’s rally in Karachi on Sunday. At issue was something that has become a troubling trend in Pakistan – threats to journalists. For those who do not understand Urdu, please allow me to explain. The clip that Hamid Mir played shows Qari Sheikh […]



Historical Revisionism

Feb 14th, 2012 | By | Category: Jang, The News

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill famously said, “History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it”. History will not be so kind to another Prime Minister, not if Ansar Abbasi (Jang Group) writes it. In fact, Ansar Abbasi has decided that rather than way for events to actually play out, he’s going […]



What’s the right number of visas?

Feb 10th, 2012 | By | Category: Express Tribune

Over 50,000 Americans were granted visas to Pakistan since the past four years, media reported this week. When you hear that bit of news, what does it tell you? Does it tell you that Pakistan has become a top tourist destination? Or does it tell you that every province and village is overrun with Blackwater […]



Transparently Ridiculous

Feb 8th, 2012 | By | Category: Jang, The News

With the Memogate dud finally fizzling out and the hearing on contempt charges against the PM not set until next week, it promised to be a slow news week. Right on cue, the old reliable story of corruption is back in the headlines again, at least at one media group. The latest headlines, though, are […]



Fragmented Media, Fragmented Nation

Feb 4th, 2012 | By | Category: Daily Nawa-i-Waqt, Dawn, Express Tribune, Jang, The Nation, The News

Not that long ago, two people from different walks of life would learn about the issues of the day from the same source. We relied on PTV and a handful of newspapers to bring us the news, and even this was vetted and censored by government officials. It was Gen Musharraf, ironically, who loosed the […]



PEMRA should not confuse satire with defamation

Feb 1st, 2012 | By | Category: PEMRA, Satire

Chasing the coat tails of public outcry over Maya Khan’s infamous show, PEMRA has finally taken notice of undesirable media practices. According to a report in The News (Jang Group), PEMRA has stated that it intends to curb not only programmes that invade personal privacy, but satire also. The authority also reiterated its resolve to […]



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