The News

‘All Parties’? Or ‘Fringe Parties’

Sep 27th, 2012 | By | Category: The News

Do religious parties represent the totality of Pakistani politics? Reading The News, one might easily get that mistaken impression. An article by Muhammad Anis reports that “The All Parties Conference (APC) of political and religious parties on Wednesday demanded a meeting of all Muslim countries in Madina Munawwara to formulate a joint strategy against blasphemous […]



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 […]



Ansar Abbasi Fearmongering Misrepresents Facts

Sep 7th, 2012 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, Jang, The News

Ansar Abbasi had a sensational piece featured on the front page of The News on Thursday which claims that ‘850,000 US spies given clearance WP reveals that growth of agents has gone beyond all bounds since 9/11 incident’. This is a shocking revelation. It’s also not true. Ansar Abbasi’s investigative research is based on his […]



The News Includes Editorial Cartoon In News Story

Aug 23rd, 2012 | By | Category: The News

A World News report in The News (Jang Group) on the ongoing saga of the status of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange who has taken refuge in the Embassy of Ecuador in London includes an image of the central figure with his mouth gagged by an American flag and surrounded by the words ‘courage’ and ‘truth’ […]



Ansar Abbasi Twists Facts, History In Defence of Militants

Aug 20th, 2012 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, The News

In his latest piece for The News (Jang Group), Ansar Abbasi requests “home-grown solutions to Talibanisation” – something many people would probably agree with. Unfortunately, he then goes on to spread a mixture of misinformation and pro-militancy which undermines his original thesis, suggesting that Ansar Abbasi’s “solution” to Talibanisation is actually to embrace it. Abbasi […]



Headline or Teeli?

Aug 18th, 2012 | By | Category: headlines, The News

On Friday, The News published a front page story with the headline, ‘Public trust in govt shattered: CJ’. Here is how The News reporter Sohail Khan described the CJ’s statement: Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Thursday said that Pakistan was passing through a critical phase of its history wherein day-to-day incidents of kidnapping for […]



Investigative Journalism Failure Once Again

Aug 10th, 2012 | By | Category: Jang, The News

According to a report filed by Faisal Kamal Pasha in the daily “The News” of August 09, 2012, it has been claimed that the PHA Foundation awarded a contract to a “private construction company” National Construction Limited (NCL) in a dubious way. The impression has been created that the contract went to NCL solely because […]



Jamaat-ud-Dawa: Internationally renowned charity or militant group?

Aug 2nd, 2012 | By | Category: The News

The News reports today that 160 Pakistanis appear on Interpol’s ‘Wanted List’. While the report is mostly just a list of names taken from the Interpol ‘Wanted List’, the author Sabir Shah gives special attention to the presence of Hafiz Saeed, terming his group Jamaat-ud-Dawa as the “globally renowned Islamic charity”. JuD is internationally known, […]



A Familiar Triangle In Media’s Latest Drama

Jul 27th, 2012 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, The News

Love triangles have formed the basis for many dramas, but a different type of triangle forms the basis of the latest drama that is playing out on the front page of The News. At the center of the drama is a story by ‘Investigative Editor’ Ansar Abbasi two years ago claiming that ‘top federal figures’ […]



Pakistan Media Criticised For Misrepresenting US Ambassador

Jul 25th, 2012 | By | Category: Jang, The News

Appearing as guest on Capital Talk with Hamid Mir on Geo TV (Jang Group), US Ambassador Cameron Munter rejected a report in Pakistan media claiming that he has written a report to Washington stating that Imran Khan will sweep the next elections. The American diplomat says that this is a problem with Pakistan’s media and he […]



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