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The News, Ansar Abbasi Exploit Flood Victims

Aug 2nd, 2010 | By | Category: Ethics, Jang, The News

In a disappointing and callous move today, The News and its star “reporter” Ansar Abbasi use the suffering of KP flood victims to make a bizarre political attack. In yet another example of using its newspaper as a political organization, The News has published as a ‘top story’ an unsubstantiated opinion column – this time […]

The Lessons of Airblue Tragedy Reporting

Jul 31st, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

In the aftermath of an unspeakable tragedy, there have been countless columns written deploring the awful state of media and news reporting in the country. Intelligent and civilized people have spoken clearly and eloquently about the irresponsible and unethical treatment of the tragedy by major news corporations. The best memorial to the tragic loss from […]

Causal 'Facts'

Jun 11th, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

Mr Jawed Naqvi wrote earlier this week about the evolution of journalistic treatment of facts. Much like the way that society has become more casual in other areas, journalists have become causal – some might say lazy with their reporting of facts. This is unfortunate because the facts are what readers are looking for. A […]

Where Is Pakistan's Talat Hussain?

Jun 5th, 2010 | By | Category: Aaj TV

Talat Hussain’s recent adventure aboard the humanitarian flotilla bound for Gaza provides an important lesson about the potential for journalists to impact current events. It also raises an important question: why don’t our journalists risk as much for Pakistan as they will for some other country? A Google search for the words ‘Talat Hussain Hero’ […]

The Roots of Apocalypse TV

Apr 18th, 2010 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories

The following column by Nadeem Paracha is from Dawn. It’s a fascinating tale of the origins of end-of-the-world messages on religious programming and how these shows are used to manipulate the people. What’s most interesting, though, is that the warning that Nadeem mentions from Zia’s regime – the falling of Skylab – never came to […]

The heart desire's more!

Nov 3rd, 2009 | By | Category: Uncategorized

Another fantastic argument by Agha Haider Raza Looking at the past week, one can see how resilient Pakistanis have become.  Suffering numerous suicide bomb attacks and wide-spread military action, we are here yet again, still standing.  But how long can we sustain ourselves at this current rate of demolition? How many times will we resist […]

Pakistan’s Rush Limbaugh: Lies, Damned Lies and Shahid Masood

Nov 2nd, 2009 | By | Category: Uncategorized

These days Shahid Masood is leading the charge in the camp which wants to destabilize the democratically elected civilian government of Pakistan. He is the man who initiated the Kerry-Lugar controversy and is again responsible for creating the current NRO problem. So who is this man and what is his mission. In this piece PMW […]

Talat Hussain makes a $640 Million Mistake

Oct 30th, 2009 | By | Category: Uncategorized

If anyone needs evidence that Pakistan’s most popular TV anchors just reel off nonsense without checking facts, please watch the interview given by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to a group of Pakistani anchors. Talat Hussain of Aaj TV, who often speaks as if he knows everything, wanted to embarrass Hillary by “proving” that […]

Somersaults on air

Oct 30th, 2009 | By | Category: Uncategorized

Posted by Nadeem F. Paracha in Dawn Blog on October 29th, 2009 Talking to DawnNews, veteran journalist Agha Murtaza Poya called America, India, and Israel an ‘axis of evil out to destroy Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan.’ There is absolutely nothing new or original about Poya’s grand ‘geopolitical’ assessment, but when such unsubstantiated claptrap comes from […]

Ahmed Rashid on the Purpose of Waziristan Offensive

Oct 29th, 2009 | By | Category: Uncategorized

In Ahmed Rashid’s latest piece “Waziristan or Bust,” the renowned Pakistani journalist and author of Descent into Chaos: The United States and the Failure of Nation Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia, grapples with the immense pressure Pakistan faces to succeed in its Waziristan offensive. “The success of the offensive could be critical for […]