Archive for May 2012

Mythbusters: Are Generals better stewards of the economy?

May 31st, 2012 | By | Category: Express Tribune

Dr SM Taha’s opinion column for Thursday’s Express Tribune, ‘Fake democracy’, repeats the myth that the nation has done better under military dictatorship than democratic governance. This myth is widely projected by apologists for dictators and martial law, but is based not in facts but economic smoke and mirrors. Dr Taha writes that “the unpleasant […]



The Nation Responds

May 29th, 2012 | By | Category: The Nation

Dear Sir or Madam: As always, Pak Media Watch holds a special place in its heart for the instruction and correction of alleged errors made by The Nation, for which we are ever grateful. It gives us the long-awaited and only chances we have of interacting with PMW. We are, however, at a loss to […]



The Nation Publishes Misinformation on Dual Nationality

May 28th, 2012 | By | Category: The Nation

An editorial in The Nation of 27th May includes misleading and sensationalistic claims about dual nationals. The piece titled ‘Foreign Nationality’ claims that “while the UK allows dual nationality, the USA does not” and “those naturalized as American citizens not only have to abjure any previous citizenship, but also have to take the American oath […]



The Nation Selectively Quotes Sherry Rehman, Misleading Readers

May 27th, 2012 | By | Category: The Nation

The Nation reported on Saturday that “Ambassador to US Sherry Rehman has said that Pakistan will release Indian spy Surjeet Singh in next week”. However, this report selectively quotes the Ambassador, removing all context and clarifications from her statement which gives readers a wrong impression of the facts. The Nation‘s report is based on a […]



انگر یز و ں کے خلا ف کو ئی سا زش کیو ں نہیں کر تا؟

May 23rd, 2012 | By | Category: Uncategorized, Urdu Media, اردو

افضال خان اپنےسچ ڈاٹ ٹی وی کے کالم میں کچھ اہم سوالات اٹھاتے ھیں۔ پاکستان میڈیا واچ چونکہ سچائی پر مبنی سوالات کو فروغ دینے پر یقین رکھتا ھے اس لیے افضال خان کے آج کے اس کالم کی طرف نشان دہی کرنا ھماری ٹیم نے مناسب سمجھا۔ اپنے گھر کو بہتر بنانے کے بعد ھی […]



Is Imran Khan victim of a media vendetta?

May 20th, 2012 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, Express Tribune

Writing for Express Tribune‘s ‘Media Watchdog’ blog, Corporate Solicitor Zain Umar claims that the newspaper has a ‘Goebbel’s vendetta’ against Imran Khan. After equating The Express Tribune to the Nazi propaganda minister in the very first sentence, he goes on lambast the newspaper for allegedly “publishing literally anything against Imran Khan” while “not a single […]



The Nation Cartoon Misleading About Events

May 17th, 2012 | By | Category: The Nation

The Nation on Wednesday included a cartoon that described the behaviour of the government in several recent events as “surrender”. The cartoons appears intended to make the point that the government has a pattern of “surrendering” on issues and is doing so again regarding allowing NATO supplies. The cartoon is misleading, however, because it incorrectly describes […]



In Haqqani vs. Noorani, the loser is Jang Group

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

Continuing its trend of publishing opinion pieces in place of news reports, The News on Monday took up almost the entire page 5 of the National News section with various opinion pieces. Ali Moeen Nawazish wrote his opinion about the importance of respecting mothers, and ‘Our Correspondent’ wrote that PPP has been outsmarted by PML-N […]



PakistanToday Headline Includes Opinion

May 11th, 2012 | By | Category: headlines, Pakistan Today

President Zardari convened a meeting of government officials to discuss the energy crisis this week. Reporting on the meeting, PakistanToday, gave the headline: ‘Zardari takes notice of power outages, a little too late‘. The article, which mentions that the President was furious with Water and Power Minister Naveed Qamar for failing to resolve the issue, quotes […]



Mad Cow Conspiracy

May 7th, 2012 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, Pakistan Today

After spending the last year beating the dead horse of visa conspiracies, a new media report has turned to another conspiracy theory about an American invasion. Only this time, you might say they are beating a dead cow. A news report in PakistanToday includes the alarming headline, Is the US sending all its mad cows […]



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