Archive for March 2012

Is Rohrabacher Playing Pak Media Like A Drum?

Mar 31st, 2012 | By | Category: Dawn, Express Tribune, The News

Last week US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher gave another speech about his support for Baloch separatists. As it was almost surely intended to do, Rohrabacher’s speech made headlines. Express Tribune headlined their report, ‘US Congressman calls Pakistan ‘enemy’ of US, freedom’, and The News headline read: ‘Pakistan a radical Islamist government: US Congressman’. What didn’t make […]



Abdul Majeed: Why believe conspiracy theorists?

Mar 26th, 2012 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, Express Tribune

In the piece below published by Express Tribune, Abdul Majeed examines the claims of journalist Nadir Hassan who recently wrote that all the anti-American conspiracy theories of recent years have proven to be true. After careful examination, though, Majeed finds Hassan’s argument lacking. We wanted to highlight this piece for our dear readers for two […]



Conspiracy Alert: Tall Buildings or Tall Tales?

Mar 23rd, 2012 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, The Nation

It is hard not to take notice of the bold headline on the front page of The Nation on Friday: US setting up for Pak sneak-in. Are we on the verge of an American invasion? Should we be strengthening the borders and preparing for war? Or is this the latest case of media war hysteria […]



The News…or The Opinions?

Mar 22nd, 2012 | By | Category: The News

Jang Group boldly declares it’s English newspaper as The News, but based on what is inside, should the newspaper more appropriately be named The Opinions? Yesterday we looked at how Jang Group uses so-called “experts” to inject opinions into what are supposed to be straightforward news reports. Today, though, we want to look at an […]



Jang Group’s So-Called “Experts”

Mar 21st, 2012 | By | Category: The News

When media groups report stories about complex topics, a common practise is to invite the comments of experts who can provide some clarification to intricate subjects that might be difficult for the common man to understand. The power that these experts has is immense as their word is taken as an authority on the topic […]



If a chair falls…is it front page news?

Mar 18th, 2012 | By | Category: Jang, The News

If a chair falls, is it news worthy of the front page of the nation’s largest media group? Apparently the answer is yes. Sunday’s edition of The News (Jang Group) featured a front page story about…a chair tipping over. As the president stood up to deliver his fifth presidential address to the joint session of parliament, […]



Was The News Manipulated By Its Own Man?

Mar 13th, 2012 | By | Category: The News

Now that The News acknowledges that ‘Memogate’ is not as open and shut a case as some assumed, the paper should ask itself why it was so certain about Mansoor Ijaz’s claims at the beginning. In his video series on journalism ethics, Abbas Nasir discusses several traps that journalists face including conflict of interest and […]



Babar Sattar vs. Babar Sattar on transparency

Mar 12th, 2012 | By | Category: The News

Islamabad based lawyer Babar Sattar is a regular columnist on legal issue for The News (Jang Group). As a respected legal mind writing for the nation’s largest media group, he has a special ability to influence public opinion on important issues. Mr Sattar is entitled to his opinons, of course, but we believe it is […]



Memos and Appointments – Media Speculation Gets It Wrong

Mar 10th, 2012 | By | Category: The Nation, The News

Media is sometimes said to be a reflection of the society. Most people enjoy a little idle gossip now and then, and a favourite past time of media too seems to be speculating – at times even wishing – about what the facts might be. However there is a difference between chatting with friends and the […]



Manipulating the Media

Mar 9th, 2012 | By | Category: Ethics

The following piece by Kamran Rehmat appeared in Gulf Times on 8th March. In his piece, the author notes specific instances where the media claimed to be independently reporting politics, but appeared to actually being easily manipulated. There have been at least four instances in 2011 alone that have established that the independent TV media […]



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