Posts Tagged ‘ fact checking ’

Why do Pakistani columnists make up history?

Feb 5th, 2014 | By | Category: Urdu Media

Urdu columnists don’t let facts get in the way of a good story. That is the lesson taken from Professor C M Naim’s latest piece for Express Tribune, ‘Why do Pakistani columnists make up history?’ which examines recent works of several prominent columnists including Abdul Qadir Hasan, Javed Chaudhry, Dr Safdar Mahmood, and Orya Maqbool Jan. Each was found to have […]



Latest Media Hoax: No Agreement On Aafia Siddiqui

Jul 25th, 2013 | By | Category: Dunya, Express Tribune, The Nation, The News

Last week, reports of a breakthrough in efforts by some groups to repatriate Dr Aafia Siddiqui filled the print and electronic media as reporters rushed to report that the US had agreed to return the Pakistani neuroscientist in a ‘prisoner swap’. After several days of heavy announcements, statements by political and government officials, and countless […]



The Nation misrepresents Bilawal’s statements…again

Oct 3rd, 2012 | By | Category: The Nation

Even before his full entry into the political arena, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is already facing media attacks usually reserved for more seasoned political veterans. The Nation on Tuesday lobbed a rather serious attack against the young PPP Chairman, terming his attitude as ‘defiant’ and claiming that he has ‘attempted to threaten the judiciary from the […]



Express Tribune Editorial Repeats Rumours, Ignores Facts

Sep 17th, 2012 | By | Category: Express Tribune

In its editorial on 17th September, The Express Tribune leaves out pertinent information while speculating about information that is easily confirmed or denied. Ultimately, these mistakes lead the editors to a conclusion that is divorced from reality. The Express Tribune describes the anti-Islam Internet video (calling it a film seems to give it far too […]



The Nation Publishes Misinformation About Anti-Islam Film

Sep 14th, 2012 | By | Category: The Nation

An editorial appearing in The Nation of 14th September contains several inaccurate claims both about the film and about freedom of speech. The editorial, which represents the official position of the newspaper, claims that “was funded by Jewish business to the tune of $5 million dollars, as admitted by Israeli-American director “Sam””. Actually, there is no […]



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 […]



Conspiracy Alert: Dual Nationality and Establishment Paranoia

Jul 10th, 2012 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, The News

Last month, Gen (r) Tahir Ali wrote that “wrong assumptions, and conclusions drawn thereof, may mislead those assigned to formulate policies”. We agree completely with this conclusion. It is that therefore that much more worrying that Gen (r) Ali fills his latest column for The News with idle speculation, innuendo, and unsubstantiated conspiracy theories. His […]



Sloppy reporting leads to false report in The News

Jun 28th, 2012 | By | Category: Jang, The News

The News on Thursday included a report on page 2 with a tragic headline: Pakistanis found dead in container at US port. Thank God the headline is not true. The story broke Wednesday that a cargo ship arrived in New Jersey, USA from the Middle East and was being inspected by American authorities when inspectors […]



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 […]



The Nation Publishes Misinformation on Dual Nationality

May 28th, 2012 | By | Category: The Nation

An editorial in The Nation of 27th May includes misleading and sensationalistic claims about dual nationals. The piece titled ‘Foreign Nationality’ claims that “while the UK allows dual nationality, the USA does not” and “those naturalized as American citizens not only have to abjure any previous citizenship, but also have to take the American oath […]



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