Ethics

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 […]



Shameful Media Trial of Kamran Faisal’s Grave

Jan 29th, 2013 | By | Category: Ethics

The news of the death of NAB investigation officer Kamran Faisal shocked many. Obviously his involvement in the investigation of high profile corruption cases including top politicians means that his death must be investigated by the proper authorities, but a second tragedy has taken place in the way Kamran’s case has been dragged through the […]



PEMRA Regulation – Problems and Distractions

Dec 3rd, 2012 | By | Category: Ethics, The News

An article by Ansar Abbasi in The News (Jang Group) about the recent notification of PEMRA’s Content Regulations 2012 appears to have caught the eye of the PM. The article criticises PEMRA for ‘ignoring’ “Islam, the Islamic values, the Ideology of Pakistan and even the integrity of the institution of defence and armed forces”. After […]



Inappropriate from any perspective

Sep 11th, 2012 | By | Category: Ethics, Jang, The News

Last week one of the PMW team Tweeted about an article published by The News and Daily Jang as ‘National News’. The piece referred to was written by Abdur Rehman Bawa whose Khatm-e-Nubuwwat is an Anti-Ahmadiyya group. Leaving aside for the purposes of this post the question of whether it is appropriate for a media […]



Media Scandals…or ‘Status Quo’?

Aug 30th, 2012 | By | Category: Ethics

Two media scandals have made headlines this week – not scandals in Pakistan media, but in US media. So what do these have to do with a blog called ‘Pakistan Media Watch’? We thought they were interesting to highlight because they raise the question whether these would even be considered scandals here. Both stories hit […]



Ghosts in the machine

Jul 5th, 2012 | By | Category: Ethics

Remember John S. Hamilton? He made a brief appearance in The News only to disappear back into the mystery from which he came. When Mr John S. Hamilton dropped in unannounced, it was assumed by many that the piece was planted under a fake name to promote a certain agenda. The supposed author’s disappearance has […]



Media self-regulation: An Example

Jun 26th, 2012 | By | Category: Ethics, Foreign Media

Each time a new scandal threatens the credibility of the entire media industry, journalists and editors argue that only self-regulation can hold people accountable without threatening freedom of speech. We do not disagree. But there seems to be some confusion about what self-regulation and accountability means. A scandal in American media last week provides a […]



Danger of media fracturing

Jun 18th, 2012 | By | Category: Ethics

One issue that we have tried to highlight over the years has been that journalists and media groups have a significant power to shape public opinion through choosing what stories to highlight and which to ignore. We have also discussed in depth how this can result in confusion and fracturing among the masses. In today’s Dawn, […]



“Khari Baat Lifafa Kay Saath” or “Caught in the Cross Fire”

Jun 14th, 2012 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, Dunya, Ethics, The News

Many were suprised by the way Meher Bokhari was offered a position at Dunya TV following her treatment of Salmaan Taseer, but after seeing the leaked videos from last night’s Khari Baat Lucman Kay Saath, those same people may be thinking that Mian Amir got what he paid for. Meanwhile, the anchor has reportedly been suspended for his […]



Tweeting Birds, Judiciary and Accountability

Jun 6th, 2012 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, Ethics

When the Chief Justice took suo motu notice of allegations that his son Arsalan is involved in a corruption scandal, several high-profile journalists commented that the action was “a direct result of Twitter”. We will refrain from comment about the likelihood that the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is deciding the docket based on […]



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