Censorship

Media Silence: APCOMS

Nov 5th, 2010 | By | Category: Censorship, The News

This blog has pointed out in the past that often what is not reported in the media is equally as important as what is reported. By promoting certain positions, the media has a great deal of influence on public attitudes – if people constantly hear that the government is corrupt, they will believe it. And […]



Nadeem Paracha and Self-Censorship

Aug 23rd, 2010 | By | Category: Censorship

Nadeem Paracha’s latest column for Dawn, “Free Limits”, takes a controversial position around the issue of freedom of the speech and the media. While I don’t agree with all of his points, the article does make an important observation about the complex relationship between mass media, audience, and politics. But most importantly, it gives the […]



Nadeem Paracha on Media Reaction to Shoe Incident and Aftermath

Aug 12th, 2010 | By | Category: Censorship, Ethics

Nadeem Paracha, writing for Dawn Blog today, analyses the media reaction to the ‘shoe incident’ and the resulting protests by political activists against the media. One can’t help but come away thinking of an old song lyric. There’s battle lines being drawn Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong The attacks were a highly undemocratic act and […]



Media Coercion Never Justified

Aug 10th, 2010 | By | Category: Censorship

While this blog has posed questions and challenges for news media reporting about the alleged shoe throwing incident, we are troubled by reports that certain news media are being coerced by political activists. Factual accuracy and political fairness cannot be achieved through political coercion – only through an honest and open discussion of media reports. […]



Media Muzzle and Media Accountability

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

The media profession has been all a twitter this week following reports of a meeting between government and military figures to discuss formulation of guidelines for electronic and print media. It is our sincere hope that no such ‘media muzzle’ will come to pass, but we must ask whether some in the media are actually […]



Why Internet Censorship Should Worry Media

May 21st, 2010 | By | Category: Censorship

The judiciary’s move to unilaterally block access to certain websites is a concern for Pakistan’s freedom of the press. While I do not condone blasphemy or intentionally provocative messages, the ability of a court to issue a blanket order of censorship to an entire media outlet is cause for worry. This blog has been from […]



Is Media Being Bought By Hotelier?

Mar 5th, 2010 | By | Category: Censorship, Jang

An interesting post by Riaz Ahmed originally posted on the blog “Let Us Build Pakistan” suggests that perhaps big money is censoring media coverage of the Pearl Continental Hotel strike in Karachi. I did a Google News search for any articles in the last week with the keywords Pearl Continental Hotel Strike and found there […]



Why did Pakistani media boycott Brigadier Hussain Abbas’ funeral?

Feb 20th, 2010 | By | Category: Censorship

Omar Khattab, blogging at Let Us Build Pakistan, asks a good question: Why did Pakistani media boycott Brigadier Hussain Abbas’ funeral? This is an interesting observation and one that makes a point that is often overlooked when we consider bias in our media. There is so much poor reporting, obvious propaganda, and fantastic conspiracy theories […]



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