Archive for December 2012

Pakistani Journalists Honored For Commitment to Free Expression

Dec 27th, 2012 | By | Category: Threats to Journalists

Two journalists of Pakistan have been honored by the international organization Human Rights Watch for their commitment to free expression and their courage in the face of persecution. The awardees each received 2012 Hellman/Hammett grants of up to $10,000 to assist the writers who may have trouble finding paid work or who face legal or medical expenses. […]



DAWN misrepresents US educational programmes in Pakistan

Dec 24th, 2012 | By | Category: Dawn

In his editorial for Dawn of 22nd December bearing the headling, ‘The not so quiet American‘, Shahnawaz Khar relates a recent visit to Islamabad by former Ambassador James Larocco, who is presently Director at an American think-tank. In his column, Khar describes a discussion with an educationalist commenting that the US has built a university in […]



روزنامہ دنیا کی پھر شرمناک اور دغا باز رپورٹنگ

Dec 22nd, 2012 | By | Category: Dunya, Urdu Media, اردو

پاکستان میڈیا واچ کی ٹیم اپنے قارین کی توجہ روزنامہ دنیا کے اس پیس کی جانب مرکوز کروانا چاھے گی۔ اوپر دئیے گئے کالم کو مدنظر رکھتے ھوئے اب قارین سے درخواست ھے کہ وہ اصل اس کالم کو پڑھیں جس کا تزکرہ اوپر کیا جا رھا ھے۔ جیسا کہ محترم قارین دیکھ سکتے ھیں […]



Conspiracy Culture, Not Ghosts, Behind Killing of Polio Workers

Dec 20th, 2012 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, The News

An article in The News (Jang Group) of 20th December bearing the headline, ‘Osama’s ghost behind killing of polio workers’ suggests that recent killings of polio workers are the result of a CIA operation intended to catch Osama bin Laden, but the piece ignores the fact that conspiracy theories about polio vaccinations and attacks from militants […]



Jamaati Noorani

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

Despite approving $2 million for the defence of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, the government has been continuously criticised for failing to do enough to defend her rights. But some other Pakistanis have found themselves with less support from the media. A Foreign Office statement saying it would be “premature and wrong to draw any conclusion” about […]



The News terms its own reporting as ‘conspiracy theories’

Dec 11th, 2012 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, The News

In an unusual moment of candor, an editorian of The News (Jang Group) termed its own reporting on a recent issue as ‘conspiracy theories’. The admission appears to be unintentional, but whether intended or unintended, it should provide a lesson for media groups to exercise scepticism and discretion before rushing to publish rumours. The editorial which […]



Media conviction in blasphemy case

Dec 10th, 2012 | By | Category: Jang, The News

The latest blasphemy case to make headlines contains all the elements of block buster film. A Pakistani Professor who studied and taught in America, returned to Pakistan, and is accused by his own nephew. Now another element can be added to the plot. The accused has been convicted…by the media. A headline in The News […]



Myths and Reality: Re-writing 1971

Dec 6th, 2012 | By | Category: The News

Winston Churchill is famously quoted as saying, “History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it”. It seems some in the media have taken this as a lesson, and intend on writing, or rather re-writing history in order to fix a kinder treatment of some of the nation’s less proud moments. Such […]



PEMRA Regulation – Problems and Distractions

Dec 3rd, 2012 | By | Category: Ethics, The News

An article by Ansar Abbasi in The News (Jang Group) about the recent notification of PEMRA’s Content Regulations 2012 appears to have caught the eye of the PM. The article criticises PEMRA for ‘ignoring’ “Islam, the Islamic values, the Ideology of Pakistan and even the integrity of the institution of defence and armed forces”. After […]



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