Archive for July 2012

A Familiar Triangle In Media’s Latest Drama

Jul 27th, 2012 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, The News

Love triangles have formed the basis for many dramas, but a different type of triangle forms the basis of the latest drama that is playing out on the front page of The News. At the center of the drama is a story by ‘Investigative Editor’ Ansar Abbasi two years ago claiming that ‘top federal figures’ […]

Pakistan Media Criticised For Misrepresenting US Ambassador

Jul 25th, 2012 | By | Category: Jang, The News

Appearing as guest on Capital Talk with Hamid Mir on Geo TV (Jang Group), US Ambassador Cameron Munter rejected a report in Pakistan media claiming that he has written a report to Washington stating that Imran Khan will sweep the next elections. The American diplomat says that this is a problem with Pakistan’s media and he […]

Headlines no place for editorialising

Jul 23rd, 2012 | By | Category: The Nation

A front page article in The Nation last week reported some information about petitions challenging the recently-passed contempt of court law. The report by Bari Baloch did a good job of sticking to the facts and not including the reporter’s personal views or political opinions. Unfortunately, the reporter’s good work was undermined by the headline […]

Congressmen vote to cut Funds…Mediamen Cut Details

Jul 20th, 2012 | By | Category: Dawn, Pakistan Today, The News

On Wednesday, the US House of Representatives voted to cut aid to Pakistan by $650 million. According to the Washington DC newspaper POLITICO, this cut in aid only affects US aid to the military, not civilian aid. The way this vote was reported by some media groups, however, may leave people misinformed about the facts. […]

⸮بار بار وہی لوگ

Jul 17th, 2012 | By | Category: ARY TV, Dunya, Geo TV, Urdu Media, اردو

پچھلے کچھ ہفتے پاکستانی میڈیا کے حوالے سے کافی دلچسپ اور توجہ کے حامل رہے ھیں۔ پاکستان میڈیا واچ کی ٹیم اپنے قارین کی توجہ کچھ اہم معاملات کی جانب مبزول کروانا چاھے گی۔ سب سے پہلے ہم ڈاکٹر عامر لیاقت کا تذکرہ کریں گے ۔ ڈاگٹر صاحب کی مشہور یو ٹیوب کلپ سے ھم […]

Media and Activism: Where do we draw the line?

Jul 15th, 2012 | By | Category: Dunya, Geo TV, Samaa TV

Speaking at a forum in Washington earlier this year, President GEO TV Imran Aslam proudly described his channel’s political activism. He spent most of the time talking about activism against the Hudood ordinances – a great example for an American audience, but hardly the only (or most common) issue. Actually, when the moderator asked if […]

Conspiracy Alert: Dual Nationality and Establishment Paranoia

Jul 10th, 2012 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, The News

Last month, Gen (r) Tahir Ali wrote that “wrong assumptions, and conclusions drawn thereof, may mislead those assigned to formulate policies”. We agree completely with this conclusion. It is that therefore that much more worrying that Gen (r) Ali fills his latest column for The News with idle speculation, innuendo, and unsubstantiated conspiracy theories. His […]

ترجمے میں گم طلعت – (Talat Lost in Translation)

Jul 6th, 2012 | By | Category: Uncategorized, Urdu Media, اردو

طلعت حسین صاحب کےساچ ٹی وی کالم کو پڑھنے کے بعد چند اہم پوائنٹ ایسے ھیں جو پاکستان میڈیا واچ نے اٹھانا لازمی سمجھے۔ لیکن اس سے پہلے پاکستان میڈیا واچ طلعت صاحب سے سوری کہنا چاھے گا کیونکہ ھمیں ان سے اختلاف رائے ھے ۔اور اگر ھم جزباتی ھو کر کچھ الٹا سیدھا لکھ دیں […]

Ghosts in the machine

Jul 5th, 2012 | By | Category: Ethics

Remember John S. Hamilton? He made a brief appearance in The News only to disappear back into the mystery from which he came. When Mr John S. Hamilton dropped in unannounced, it was assumed by many that the piece was planted under a fake name to promote a certain agenda. The supposed author’s disappearance has […]