Dawn

Media’s Role In Undermining National Unity

Apr 16th, 2013 | By | Category: Dawn, Ethics, Threats to Journalists

The role of media is to inform and perhaps to entertain. We look to news programmes to give us insights into what is happening in the world around us, and we look to dramas and other entertainment programmes to give us a momentary distraction from the pressures of daily life. Sometimes, however, the media can […]



DAWN misrepresents US educational programmes in Pakistan

Dec 24th, 2012 | By | Category: Dawn

In his editorial for Dawn of 22nd December bearing the headling, ‘The not so quiet American‘, Shahnawaz Khar relates a recent visit to Islamabad by former Ambassador James Larocco, who is presently Director at an American think-tank. In his column, Khar describes a discussion with an educationalist commenting that the US has built a university in […]



Congressmen vote to cut Funds…Mediamen Cut Details

Jul 20th, 2012 | By | Category: Dawn, Pakistan Today, The News

On Wednesday, the US House of Representatives voted to cut aid to Pakistan by $650 million. According to the Washington DC newspaper POLITICO, this cut in aid only affects US aid to the military, not civilian aid. The way this vote was reported by some media groups, however, may leave people misinformed about the facts. […]



Two Tales of One Story

Jun 16th, 2012 | By | Category: Dawn, The Nation, The News

It is said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Is the image to the right a picture of a vase? Or is it two faces looking at each other? There are many things that two people may see differently depending on their own expectations and biases, and news stories are the same. Sometimes, […]



Facts and Perception: More Misleading Reporting on Memogate

Apr 24th, 2012 | By | Category: Dawn, Express Tribune, Geo TV, The News

The Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned its hearing on former Ambassador Husain Haqqani’s plea to be given the same opportunity to respond via video link as his accuser, the American businessman Mansoor Ijaz. When it did so, the Court issued some decision. What you believe that decision may depends on where you get your news. […]



The difference between ‘Pressure’ and ‘Help’ – Geography?

Apr 16th, 2012 | By | Category: Dawn

On 1st March, Dawn reported that American officials warned the government against pursuing the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline in a piece headlined, ‘Tough US warning on Iran gas pipeline’. The article reported that cooperation with Iran on the pipeline could trigger sanctions under pre-existing US laws, and that the Americans were offering an alternative energy plan: […]



Is Rohrabacher Playing Pak Media Like A Drum?

Mar 31st, 2012 | By | Category: Dawn, Express Tribune, The News

Last week US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher gave another speech about his support for Baloch separatists. As it was almost surely intended to do, Rohrabacher’s speech made headlines. Express Tribune headlined their report, ‘US Congressman calls Pakistan ‘enemy’ of US, freedom’, and The News headline read: ‘Pakistan a radical Islamist government: US Congressman’. What didn’t make […]



Fragmented Media, Fragmented Nation

Feb 4th, 2012 | By | Category: Daily Nawa-i-Waqt, Dawn, Express Tribune, Jang, The Nation, The News

Not that long ago, two people from different walks of life would learn about the issues of the day from the same source. We relied on PTV and a handful of newspapers to bring us the news, and even this was vetted and censored by government officials. It was Gen Musharraf, ironically, who loosed the […]



Abbas Nasir on Journalism Ethics

Jan 26th, 2012 | By | Category: Dawn, Ethics

HoshMedia has done a great service to media. They sat down with respected veteran journalist Abbas Nasir (Dawn) to talk about fundamentals of good journalism including the difference between opinion and fact, properly using anonymous sources and intelligence sources, and avoiding traps in the ratings race during times of tragedy. The advice in these short videos is […]



Media, Rumours and ‘Public Importance’

Dec 23rd, 2011 | By | Category: Daily Nawa-i-Waqt, Dawn, Ethics, Foreign Media, Jang, The Nation, The News

A report in The News today serves as an excellent example of how the media’s power to shape the way we perceive events can be used to serve a political agenda. According to reporter Sohail Khan, former Senator Azam Swati (PTI) through his counsel Tariq Asad has petitioned the Supreme Court to place the name […]



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