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Media’s Role In Legitimising Taliban

Apr 14th, 2014 | By | Category: Uncategorized

Taliban has contributed to the deaths of over 50,000 Pakistanis since recent years in their quest to replace Pakistan’s constitution with their own definition of an Islamic state. Eager to stop the bloodshed, the government has been pursuing a strategy of negotiation. Whatever one’s opinion of this strategy, it is agreed by all that some […]



Media’s Role In Khawaja Asif Controversy

Apr 11th, 2014 | By | Category: ARY TV, Dunya

Defence Minister Khawaja Asif is having a terrible time after coming under criticism for comments he made in response to statement made by Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif that Army will ‘preserve its own dignity’, a comment made in context of the treason trial of former COAS Gen Musharraf. Next day, Defence Minister […]



Pakistan’s Fearless Investigative Journalist Mian Saifur Rehman

Apr 4th, 2014 | By | Category: Jang, The News

The recent attack against senior journalist, editor, and Express News anchor Raza Rumi has once again raised the issue of the danger facing journalists who report on sensitive issues. Before Raza Rumi was attacked, investigative journalists including Umar Cheema and Saleem Shahzad have bravely faced many dangers and life threats to tell people the facts. Despite […]



Media Freedom…For Militants

Apr 2nd, 2014 | By | Category: Censorship, Express Tribune, Threats to Journalists

Any pretense of media freedom was washed away by the ink in Kamal Siddiqi’s pen when he wrote to instruct Express Tribune reporters to write “nothing against any militant organisationand its allies like the Jamaat-e-Islami, religious parties and the Tehrik-e-Insaf”. This is not a judgment against Express Media Group which has suffered repeated terrorist attacks, including the recent […]



Express Tribune’s Blank Page: Censorship or Protest?

Mar 24th, 2014 | By | Category: Censorship, Express Tribune

Readers of Express Tribune were greeted with an unusual sight last week: A large blank space on the front page. What was missing was a report, first published by The New York Times that accuses former DG-ISI Gen Shuja Pasha and an independent section of ISI of having either helped hide Osama bin Laden or, at the very least, […]



Is PPP The Last Acceptable Media Punching Bag?

Mar 20th, 2014 | By | Category: Express Tribune

When we were first shown a copy of the email sent by Kamal Siddiqi advising Express Tribune staff against writing against Jamaat-e-Islami, PTI, extremism, militancy, TTP or any other terrorist group, a debate began about whether we should say anything. After some heated discussion, an agreement was finally made that out of respect for the journalists who […]



Shaheen Sehbai’s Latest: Making a Fool of Himself…Or Jang Group?

Mar 10th, 2014 | By | Category: Jang, The News

This story was brought to our attention by a Tweet via Nadeem Paracha. Oh, boy. Believing satirical stuff to be real news. Pakistani newspaper uses satirical text in its story … https://t.co/eyM5k94fap — Nadeem F. Paracha (@NadeemfParacha) March 10, 2014 Following the link takes the reader to a most interesting post on Facebook by The […]



Why do Pakistani columnists make up history?

Feb 5th, 2014 | By | Category: Urdu Media

Urdu columnists don’t let facts get in the way of a good story. That is the lesson taken from Professor C M Naim’s latest piece for Express Tribune, ‘Why do Pakistani columnists make up history?’ which examines recent works of several prominent columnists including Abdul Qadir Hasan, Javed Chaudhry, Dr Safdar Mahmood, and Orya Maqbool Jan. Each was found to have […]



Latest Media Hoax: No Agreement On Aafia Siddiqui

Jul 25th, 2013 | By | Category: Dunya, Express Tribune, The Nation, The News

Last week, reports of a breakthrough in efforts by some groups to repatriate Dr Aafia Siddiqui filled the print and electronic media as reporters rushed to report that the US had agreed to return the Pakistani neuroscientist in a ‘prisoner swap’. After several days of heavy announcements, statements by political and government officials, and countless […]



The Seamy Side of Attack Journalism

Jul 18th, 2013 | By | Category: The Nation

The newly elected government of Nawaz Sharif may be enjoying less trouble with the media than his predecessor, but it should not be thought that he has been given a pass by the political attack dogs in media. A case in point is Sajid Zia’s piece, ‘The seamy side of NA-120, a tour through PM […]



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