Archive for June 2012

Sloppy reporting leads to false report in The News

Jun 28th, 2012 | By | Category: Jang, The News

The News on Thursday included a report on page 2 with a tragic headline: Pakistanis found dead in container at US port. Thank God the headline is not true. The story broke Wednesday that a cargo ship arrived in New Jersey, USA from the Middle East and was being inspected by American authorities when inspectors […]



Media self-regulation: An Example

Jun 26th, 2012 | By | Category: Ethics, Foreign Media

Each time a new scandal threatens the credibility of the entire media industry, journalists and editors argue that only self-regulation can hold people accountable without threatening freedom of speech. We do not disagree. But there seems to be some confusion about what self-regulation and accountability means. A scandal in American media last week provides a […]



حقیقت بمقابل افسانہ ترازی – علی آفتاب سعید

Jun 25th, 2012 | By | Category: Uncategorized

  علی آفتاب سعید اس ویڈیو میں حقیقت اور خواھش کی بنیاد پر چھپنے والی اردو پرنٹ میڈیا کی خبروں کی طرف نشان دھی کرتے ھیں۔ بہت سی خبروں کو ھم حقیقت سمجھتے ھیں لیکن وہ دراصل سچائی سے کافی دور ہوتی ھیں۔ علی صاحب کے مطابق اردو اخبار کی خبریں تین حصوں میں تقصیم […]



Attacks against Najam Sethi turn silly

Jun 21st, 2012 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, Geo TV

Someone is pushing yet another conspiracy theory attacking Najam Sethi, this time accusing him of being a traitor who “should die in shame” because his family owns property in the US. In this latest attack, though, it’s not just the property which raises the blood pressure of Najam Sethi haters, but the price tag – […]



Danger of media fracturing

Jun 18th, 2012 | By | Category: Ethics

One issue that we have tried to highlight over the years has been that journalists and media groups have a significant power to shape public opinion through choosing what stories to highlight and which to ignore. We have also discussed in depth how this can result in confusion and fracturing among the masses. In today’s Dawn, […]



Two Tales of One Story

Jun 16th, 2012 | By | Category: Dawn, The Nation, The News

It is said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Is the image to the right a picture of a vase? Or is it two faces looking at each other? There are many things that two people may see differently depending on their own expectations and biases, and news stories are the same. Sometimes, […]



“Khari Baat Lifafa Kay Saath” or “Caught in the Cross Fire”

Jun 14th, 2012 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, Dunya, Ethics, The News

Many were suprised by the way Meher Bokhari was offered a position at Dunya TV following her treatment of Salmaan Taseer, but after seeing the leaked videos from last night’s Khari Baat Lucman Kay Saath, those same people may be thinking that Mian Amir got what he paid for. Meanwhile, the anchor has reportedly been suspended for his […]



The News’s Sources of Misinformation

Jun 11th, 2012 | By | Category: The News

On Monday morning, The News reported that a breakthrough had been achieved in negotiations between Pakistan and US officials. According to diplomatic and military sources, a senior United States official — on behalf of US President Barack Obama — will apologise publicly for martyring 26 Pakistani soldiers in the Salala attack. It has also been […]



Is media involved in a coverup in CJ’s son case?

Jun 8th, 2012 | By | Category: Uncategorized

The case against Arslan Chaudhry was brought to attention by the media according to a press release from the Supreme Court. As we noted earlier this week, this raises some questions about the behaviour of certain journalists in their use of social media. Today, though, new and troubling questions have begun to arise about media’s […]



Najam Sethi sues Mubasher Lucman for defamation, inciting violence

Jun 7th, 2012 | By | Category: Dunya

Najam Sethi is suing Mubahser Lucman for Rs 1 billion alleging defamation. Documents reveal that the case is based on statements by Lucman considered to be “false and malicious allegations due to the current tense political situation in the country, especially high level of anti-Americanism…intentionally aimed at provoking and inciting mobs or extremists to engage […]



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