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Business interests, Super patriotism and ‘Journalism’: Ikram Sehgal’s Unique Column-writing

Apr 21st, 2013 | By | Category: Blogs

Major (retd) Ikram Sehgal is not an ordinary columnist. He is the owner of Pathfinder G4S, a company that employs 15,000 people, most of whom are retired military personnel. He recently bought out the shares of global giant G4S in Wackenhut’s Pakistan operation for a sum he failed to disclose in his Press Release to […]



Media’s Role In Undermining National Unity

Apr 16th, 2013 | By | Category: Dawn, Ethics, Threats to Journalists

The role of media is to inform and perhaps to entertain. We look to news programmes to give us insights into what is happening in the world around us, and we look to dramas and other entertainment programmes to give us a momentary distraction from the pressures of daily life. Sometimes, however, the media can […]



Misleading Headline on Overseas Voting Rights

Apr 9th, 2013 | By | Category: The News

The News (Jang Group) published a front page article with a misleading headline on 9th April. The article by reporter Mumtaz Alvi discusses the ongoing controversy over proposals to allow overseas Pakistanis to vote online in next month’s elections. As has been reported by other media groups, the ECP has opposed this proposal terming such a […]



Ansar Abbasi Pakistani media jihadist

Apr 8th, 2013 | By | Category: Uncategorized

Ansar Abbasi has done it again. In order to follow his Ziaist/Jihadist political agenda, Ansar Abbasi in the following clip from Hamid Mir’s show “Capital Talk” from April 4th 2013 clearly identifies how article 62 and 63, which are under a lot of criticism, are “fair”. In this instance, Ansar Abbasi tries to justify the […]



Media’s Pre-poll Rigging: Journalists or Phappay Kutnis?

Mar 28th, 2013 | By | Category: The News

We wrote last week about the lack of attention being paid to one of the biggest sources of pre-poll rigging going on in Pakistan – the way media reports all manner of unfounded rumours and gossips against politicians. The example we used in our last post was a story in The News that accused PML-N chief […]



Media’s Pre-Poll Rigging: The News Describes Nawaz As Taliban Sympathiser

Mar 19th, 2013 | By | Category: The News

A lot of attention is given to certain actions by politicians and political parties intended to put undue influence on the outcome of elections before polls take place. Usually these actions fall into the categories of promising political favours and offices and the diversion of public funds for development projects to discretionary accounts. Little attention, […]



New Provinces, Conspiracy Theories, and Turtles

Jan 30th, 2013 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, The News

Issues like creation of a new province can spark legitimate debate and discussion about the pros and cons of such policies. Or, if you need a short cut, you can always accuse the other side of acting in the interests of foreign powers. This is the case in Major General (r) Tahir Ali’s recent piece […]



Shameful Media Trial of Kamran Faisal’s Grave

Jan 29th, 2013 | By | Category: Ethics

The news of the death of NAB investigation officer Kamran Faisal shocked many. Obviously his involvement in the investigation of high profile corruption cases including top politicians means that his death must be investigated by the proper authorities, but a second tragedy has taken place in the way Kamran’s case has been dragged through the […]



Qadri an American Agent? Shireen Mazari’s Latest Conspiracy Theory

Jan 16th, 2013 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, Jang, The News

This week’s events have left many scratching their heads. Dr Tahirul Qadri’s return to Pakistan in the final few months before elections left many wondering, “why now?” Adding to those questions are the size and scope of Qadri’s long march. Who has paid the Rs800m to reserve 40,000 buses? Who paid $4 million on television […]



The News Projects Sympathy For Militants In Report on JI Leader

Jan 9th, 2013 | By | Category: The News

A report on the life of former Amir Jamaat-e-Islami Qazi Hussain Ahmed in The News (Jang Group) projects sympathy for religious extremism and militancy. The report terms Qazi Hussain Ahmed as ‘a man of valour and courage’ and uses as evidence his relationship with Hizb-e-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. The print edition of The News even includes […]



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