Posts Tagged ‘ bias ’

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 […]



Headlines no place for editorialising

Jul 23rd, 2012 | By | Category: The Nation

A front page article in The Nation last week reported some information about petitions challenging the recently-passed contempt of court law. The report by Bari Baloch did a good job of sticking to the facts and not including the reporter’s personal views or political opinions. Unfortunately, the reporter’s good work was undermined by the headline […]



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 […]



PakistanToday Headline Includes Opinion

May 11th, 2012 | By | Category: headlines, Pakistan Today

President Zardari convened a meeting of government officials to discuss the energy crisis this week. Reporting on the meeting, PakistanToday, gave the headline: ‘Zardari takes notice of power outages, a little too late‘. The article, which mentions that the President was furious with Water and Power Minister Naveed Qamar for failing to resolve the issue, quotes […]



Kamran Khan’s Contempt For Objectivity

Apr 27th, 2012 | By | Category: Geo TV

Geo TV‘s Kamran Khan could not have expected what happened when he invited Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira as his guest on Wednesday to discuss the possible outcomes of contempt charges against the Prime Minister. For our dear readers who do not understand Urdu, please allow me to offer an explanation. This clip begins with […]



Rumour Laundering and the Courts

Apr 18th, 2012 | By | Category: Daily Times, The News

The News reports on Wednesday that LHC has been petitioned to investigate the Punjab government’s laptop scheme and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz President Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif are respondents in the petition. According to the news report, The petitioner submitted that as per a report of the Transparency International the laptop scheme launched […]



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: […]



Photo Narratives

Apr 4th, 2012 | By | Category: Pakistan Today, The News

“A picture is worth a thousand words”, says the old saying. Indeed, since the introduction of photography, images have proven to be a powerful tool for shaping our beliefs and attitudes. On the barsi of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, who can deny the power that this photo commands even today, 33 years after his death. But […]



Jang Group’s So-Called “Experts”

Mar 21st, 2012 | By | Category: The News

When media groups report stories about complex topics, a common practise is to invite the comments of experts who can provide some clarification to intricate subjects that might be difficult for the common man to understand. The power that these experts has is immense as their word is taken as an authority on the topic […]



Was The News Manipulated By Its Own Man?

Mar 13th, 2012 | By | Category: The News

Now that The News acknowledges that ‘Memogate’ is not as open and shut a case as some assumed, the paper should ask itself why it was so certain about Mansoor Ijaz’s claims at the beginning. In his video series on journalism ethics, Abbas Nasir discusses several traps that journalists face including conflict of interest and […]



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