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TV accused of fanning Pakistan political instability

Dec 4th, 2009 | By | Category: Uncategorized

Mr. Hasan Mansoor has a very interesting article for AFP about the effects of TV news on political instability. I would note that the article refers to the Gallup Poll data that was corrected from 57% to 31%, but they also discuss government pressure on media so I think they are trying to be fair […]

Shaheen Sehbai Proven Wrong…Again

Dec 3rd, 2009 | By | Category: The News

Once again, Shaheen Sehbai’s analysis has been proven wrong. With so many errors, one must begin to wonder if the problem is his sources, his analysis, or his personal agenda clouding his reason. Whatever the cause, he continues to be proven incorrect in his analysis. This time, Mr. Sehbai’s predictions about falling US support for […]

Who is the real Shaheen Sehbai?

Dec 3rd, 2009 | By | Category: Uncategorized

Shaheen Sehbai has certainly changed his tune in over the years. Once a prominent journalist with a bright future, Sehbai has fallen prey to the  allure of fame garnered by letting his own opinions color his reporting. Rather than report facts, he instead engages in yellow journalism of the worst sort. Is this a result […]

Pakistani Journalist Kamran Shafi Threatened, Shot At

Dec 2nd, 2009 | By | Category: Uncategorized

In more evidence of the growing threat to free media in Pakistan, veteran journalist Kamran Shafi’s house was strafed with gunfire over the weekend. The shooting comes after repeated threats to Mr. Shafi’s life by telephone and warnings to him not to continue writing about security in Pakistan. Police report that they have made no […]

BREAKING: Ahmed Quraishi's Source Says He Misrepresented Them

Dec 1st, 2009 | By | Category: The Nation

In a shocking turn of events for the ongoing libel case between Ambassador Husain Haqqani and Ahmed Quraishi over claims by Quraishi that Haqqani threatened to reveal state secrets if fired over the Kerry-Lugar bill, Ahmed Quraishi’s main source says that he misrepresented their reporting and says The Nation publishes “unsupported accusations.” Islamabad’s man in Washington, […]

Devil's Advocate: Who's At Fault For Poor TV Content?

Nov 30th, 2009 | By | Category: Uncategorized

When you turn on the TV and watch TSS or Capital Talk or Merey Mutabiq you will see some pretty outrageous stuff. But who is responsible for this? Is it the TV producers? The talk show hosts themselves? Or could it, dear reader, be someone a little bit closer to our own television sets? Might […]

Jihadi Almost Triggers War With India, Media Is Silent

Nov 27th, 2009 | By | Category: Uncategorized

I get a lot of questions about whether or not TV anchors and newspaper editors are really ignoring the real story. The answer is yes. To show why I say that, I want to highlight a story that has major implications for Pakistan, but has not received the attention that other items like the KL […]

Open Letter to The Telegraph (UK)

Nov 25th, 2009 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories

In his recent column, “Pakistani TV performing vital democratic function,” Mr. Hasan Mansoor does a disservice to the facts about Pakistan’s media. While TV executives like Azhar Abbas may tell reporters that “their news helps inculcate democracy and gives a voice to the disenfranchised,” their actions tell a different story. Rather than reply to media critics […]

Ahmed Rashid: Pakistan conspiracy theories stifle debate

Nov 24th, 2009 | By | Category: Uncategorized

Great analysis from Ahmed Rashid on BBC today about the conspiracy industry in Pakistan’s media, and how it’s stifling real debate about the important issues that we’re facing. Switch on any of the dozens of satellite news channels now available in Pakistan. You will be bombarded with talk show hosts who are mostly obsessed with […]

Merey Mutabiq Presents One-Sided Discussion of NRO, Fails to Include Constitutional Experts

Nov 23rd, 2009 | By | Category: Merey Mutabiq

Shahid Masood has once again tried to brew a storm in a tea cup in his latest episode of Merey Mutabiq. With a string of guests including well known right wing media militants, Masood has tried to stir up feelings of anger and disenchantment over the NRO, choosing political attacks rather than reasoned debate. That […]