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Blasphemy and Opportunism

Nov 27th, 2010 | By | Category: Jang, The News

Ansar Abbasi’s column of 26 November is a curious piece of work. He begins by reporting some statements of Law Minister Babar Awan about repeal of the blasphemy law. According to Ansar Abbasi, the esteemed minister has said that he opposed repeal of the law and that no one should think of repealing it while […]



Nadir Hassan: 10 things I hate about TV news

Nov 25th, 2010 | By | Category: Express Tribune

Mr Nadir Hassan brings a bit of levity to the discussion of media with his article for today’s Express Tribune, “10 things I hate about TV news“. Some of his observations made me laugh out loud, but at the end of reading I also thought, ‘it’s funny because it’s true!’ 1.     The dunce […]



Express Tribune Photo Caption Error

Nov 23rd, 2010 | By | Category: Express Tribune

Express Tribune on 23 November featured a story, ‘US-based group working to establish caliphate‘ that included a photo of Interior Minister Rehman Malik with the caption, “Pakistani activist of ‘Jamaat-e-Islami Sa’ee’ in FIA custody”. There is no evidence that Minister Rehman Malik is an activist of Jamaat-e-Islami Sa’ee. Actually, this seems to be an obvious […]



The Nation Repeats Incorrect Data on Drone Attacks

Nov 22nd, 2010 | By | Category: The Nation

The Nation today includes an editorial, “Say firm NO to drones” that repeats incorrect data on the number of deaths of innocents due to drones attacks. Unfortunately, this is not the first time that such incorrect data has been published by The Nation which raises the question of whether the newspaper is intentionally misleading the […]



Anchors, Ratings…and Consequences

Nov 20th, 2010 | By | Category: Ethics

The words of prominent TV anchors may be considered all in good fun or perhaps merely words and therefore not of any consequence. “If you do not like a programme, do not watch it” say the defenders of this ‘anything goes’ media ideology. But words have consequences, and the statements of prominent TV anchors can […]



Missing the Point

Nov 17th, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

By now you have probably heard the story of Asia Bibi who was handed down the death sentence in Nankana district for violation of blasphemy laws. This has created quite a debate in parts of the media – but not the debate you might expect. Actually, most of the discussion has been about whether or […]



HAARP Conspiracy Debunked By Preeminent Pakistani Nuclear Scientist

Nov 16th, 2010 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, Dawn, The Nation

Pervez Hoodbhoy is not a very good conspiracy theorist. He is, however, a very good scientist. He is professor of physics at Quaid-i-Azam University, and as a scientist, he is getting quite frustrated with people trying to use pseudo-science to make up crazy conspiracy theories that confuse and scare people for no good reason. Writing […]



Are Intelligence Agencies Using Media As Puppets?

Nov 13th, 2010 | By | Category: Jang, The News

Are some elements in the intelligence agencies using media as puppets? This is a conclusion that is being reached by some analysts based on recent news articles published by The News (Jang Group). Earlier this week, investigative editor for The News Ansar Abbasi wrote the article titled ‘Ex-MI chief, commanders Quetta, Pindi involved’ which claims […]



The Nation Front Page Article On Taxes Misleading, Lacks Evidence

Nov 11th, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

The Nation‘s glaring front page article on proposed tax changes carries a sensational headline that is not supported by any evidence in the actual article. During a time of rising cost for essentials such as sugar, claiming that new taxes will further raise prices is certain to cause alarm. The reporter Javaid-ur-rehman’s column begins with […]



Jang Group Eats Crow After FIA Declares LHC Assassination Conspiracy As 'Unverifiable'

Nov 8th, 2010 | By | Category: Jang, The News

While most of the country is preparing for an Eid feast this week, Jang Group is sitting before a giant plate of crow. Recently, the star reporter for Jang’s English newspaper The News, Ansar Abbasi, wrote a column that caused an outcry among the media, judiciary, and executive office of government. He claimed to have […]



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