Foreign Media

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 […]



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 […]



Along with credibility, Jang Group’s shame is vanishing also

Aug 8th, 2011 | By | Category: Foreign Media, Jang, The News

We noted yesterday that The News (Jang Group) published a conspiracy theory on the front page that was filled with inaccurate information. Today, Jang Group bowls wide again, this time with a headline that will surely raise the blood pressure of any patriot: ‘Seals had intruded into Pakistan 12 times before Osama raid’. And again, there is […]



Media Conspiracy Theories Continue to Embarrass

Feb 25th, 2011 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, Foreign Media

Pakistan media has already been termed ‘conspiracy-palooza‘ by one prominent magazine, and now Global Post has also taken notice of the conspiracy theories running riot in our media. Reporter Nicolas Brulliard says the Raymond Davis shooting began as a nightmare, but was quickly exploited and transformed into ‘a field day for Pakistan’s conspiracy theorists’. One […]



Pakistan Media Termed ‘Conspiracy-Palooza’

Feb 24th, 2011 | By | Category: Express Tribune, Foreign Media, The Nation

American news magazine Wired has termed the Pakistani media ‘Conspiracy-Palooza’ due to the number of conspiracy theories being circulated about the Raymond Davis case and notes that such rumours are fueling the very crisis. The article specifically mentions the role of The Nation and Express Tribune in spreading “transparently silly stories”. Al-Qaeda’s nuclear arms dealer? […]



How Propaganda Gets Into Foreign Media

Feb 22nd, 2011 | By | Category: Foreign Media, Jang, The News

Proper investigative journalism is severely lacking and this is effecting not only our own media but international reporting on Pakistan as well. As reporting on Pakistan becomes more and more dangerous for foreign journalists, often accused of being ‘spies’ by certain right-wing elements, the international press becomes reliant on our own journalists to feed them […]



When is reporting a rumour tantamount to spreading it?

Sep 13th, 2010 | By | Category: Foreign Media, Jang, The Nation, The News

An interesting article has been floated around since appearing for the first time yesterday in the UK. The article, published by the Sunday Express, reports that British Special Air Service (SAS) troops are planning to evacuate Britons from Pakistan in the event of a coup. The article in question, by British reporter James Murray, SAS […]



Selig Harrison and Pakistan Media

Aug 31st, 2010 | By | Category: Foreign Media

A column in the New York Times newspaper by American commentator Selig Harrison has raised quite a bit of media attention around a conspiracy theory that the government is giving Gilgit Baltistan to China, a claim publicly denied by the Foreign Office. As with most conspiracy theories of this magnitude, a little basic research demonstrates […]



Dean Nelson Responds

Aug 18th, 2010 | By | Category: Foreign Media

Mr Dean Nelson whose column in the British newspaper Telegraph we recently criticised, has responded to our post. His comment appears on the original post, and is published again in full at the end of this post. It has also been brought to our attention that Mr Dean Nelson has been falsely accusing this blog […]



'Trust Deficit' a Self Fulfilling Prophecy?

Aug 17th, 2010 | By | Category: Foreign Media

Pakistan is suffering from the worst disaster in recent history, said UN General Secretary Ban Ki Moon as he witnessed the devastation himself. Still, many commentators have noticed that except for the US and UK, most nations have not offered much in the way of humanitarian relief. A popular notion in the media has blamed […]



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