Posts Tagged ‘ Ethics ’

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 […]



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 […]



Media and Activism: Where do we draw the line?

Jul 15th, 2012 | By | Category: Dunya, Geo TV, Samaa TV

Speaking at a forum in Washington earlier this year, President GEO TV Imran Aslam proudly described his channel’s political activism. He spent most of the time talking about activism against the Hudood ordinances – a great example for an American audience, but hardly the only (or most common) issue. Actually, when the moderator asked if […]



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, […]



Is media involved in a coverup in CJ’s son case?

Jun 8th, 2012 | By | Category: Uncategorized

The case against Arslan Chaudhry was brought to attention by the media according to a press release from the Supreme Court. As we noted earlier this week, this raises some questions about the behaviour of certain journalists in their use of social media. Today, though, new and troubling questions have begun to arise about media’s […]



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 […]



Media, Research, and Ratings

Jun 2nd, 2012 | By | Category: Ethics

Reporting on the international ‘Media Agenda 2012’ conference at the Arts Council in Karachi this week, Shazia Hasan notes important advice from senior journalist and broadcaster Wusatullah Khan: “Even though the channel is on for 24 hours there isn’t as much news to give during such a lengthy period. So we have talk shows. With their […]



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