Conspiracy Theories

New media circus same as old media circus

Dec 8th, 2011 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, Dawn, Jang, The News

On Tuesday, President Zardari left for Dubai to receive medical treatment. Within minutes, the media circus began and rumours of a coup began to circulate. While no one has yet to provide a single piece of evidence suggesting that Zardari will resign or a coup is imminent, the story continues to dominate media headlines. Part […]



Making Sense on Memogate

Nov 26th, 2011 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, Dunya

It is unfortunately more common that our reports examine inappropriate and unprofessional behaviour by our respected journalists. Occasionally, however, there are moments that make us proud to be associated with the profession and we do like to recognise these as well. After a week of media circuses, we are pleased to be able to once […]



NDTV interview raises more questions than answers

Nov 21st, 2011 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories

Appearing on NDTV yesterday to explain his view to Barhka Dutt, Mansoor Ijaz’s answers actually raised more questions about his allegations in the ‘memogate’ controversy. Mr Ijaz begins by saying that the international media should be asking “what the government is trying to cover up”, which is a strange way to begin the interview – […]



Media’s Newest ‘Moment of Shame’

Nov 18th, 2011 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, Ethics

It has been one year since the media caused a national crisis by inaccurately reporting that the government was plotting to withdraw notification to reinstate the judges sacked by Musharraf. Unfortunately, it seems that journalists and TV anchors did not learn from this ‘moment of shame’ and are once again causing alarm by rushing to […]



China cracks down on rumours in media

Nov 13th, 2011 | By | Category: Censorship, Conspiracy Theories

As government and military officials look more and more to China, members of Pakistan’s journalism community should take notice of certain recent developments. Chinese authorities announced this week that they are tightening regulations governing journalists, specifically, rule that require reports to fact check and have actual evidence before publishing sensational claims and conspiracy theories. The […]



UPDATE: Adm Mullen (r) Denies Claims By Mansoor Ijaz

Nov 9th, 2011 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, The News

  UPDATE II: In an exclusive report a week later, Foreign Policy, revealed that Admiral Mullen changed his story and has CONFIRMED the existence of a memo. His spokesman gave the following statement: “Adm. Mullen had no recollection of the memo and no relationship with Mr. Ijaz. After the original article appeared on Foreign Policy‘s website, […]



Media Conspiracies and Imran Khan

Oct 31st, 2011 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories

In an otherwise straightforward speech in Lahore on Sunday, Imran Khan alluded to a conspiracy theory of Mansoor Ijaz that this blog has discredited not only once, but twice already. One can give Imran Khan the benefit of doubt, though, as there is a history of examples of journalists feeding Imran conspiracies, possibly as an […]



The News speculates on Mansoor Ijaz with a twist

Oct 15th, 2011 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, Jang, The News

When Mansoor Ijaz’s piece in Financial Times was published earlier this week, we could almost feel the excitement in the air. Here is a piece in the international media that claims a conspiracy from president’s house! But, wait, there’s a problem! The majority of the piece actually attacks the national agencies a being a source […]



Pakistan’s James Bond? Or Nicholas Schmidle…

Oct 11th, 2011 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories

Two months ago, Nicholas Schmidle caught the nation’s attention with his sensational piece for The New Yorker that presented a made-for-Hollywood re-telling of the Abbottabad operation. Now, a new thriller appears in the Financial Times, this time by a Pakistani. But, like Mr Schmidle’s earlier piece, this one, too, may not appear to be all […]



United Nations, Escaped Goats and War Hysteria

Sep 30th, 2011 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, Dunya, Geo TV, Jang, The Nation, The News

On 22 September, American Admiral Mike Mullen famously appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee of the US Congress and delivered remarks that shocked Pak-US relations. A few days later, The Washington Post reported that senior Pentagon officials criticised his remarks saying he overstated the case. Asked about the controversial statements, the White House refused […]



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