Posts Tagged ‘ flood ’

Would Ansar Abbasi drown the nation to spite Zardari?

Sep 16th, 2011 | By | Category: The News

As floods continue to devastate the lives of countless people, we knew it was only a matter of time before someone decided to use the disaster to score political points. During last year’s floods, it was a popular media line to claim that flood relief would have been greater if only the world did not […]



Newspaper Accepts Paid Advertisements From Banned Groups

Sep 7th, 2010 | By | Category: Daily Nawa-i-Waqt

Banned group Jamaat ud Dawa has paid newspapers for advertising space – and the newspapers accepted the offer. This raises further questions around the topic of media priorities that we began discussing last week. Daily Nawa-i-waqt ran a large paid advertisement signed by Hafiz Saeed for Jamaat ud Dawa that says, Responsible people and members […]



Are Some Journalists Providing PR For Banned Groups?

Sep 3rd, 2010 | By | Category: Daily Khabrian, Daily Times, Dawn, Jang, The News

Are some journalists, either unwittingly or for pay, providing PR for banned militant groups? That is a question raised by Gulmina Bilal Ahmad in today’s Daily Times, and one that bears close examination. Gulmina takes to task reporter Yousaf Ali from The News for an article he wrote last week claiming that “Islamic charities most […]



Disaster Relief, Then and Now

Aug 30th, 2010 | By | Category: Jang, The News

Ahmad Noorani writes for The News today a curious article about flood donations received from the international community. The thesis of Mr Noorani’s column appears to be that the present government is not as effective as the Musharraf regime in 2005. Despite the author’s intentions, though, his presentation of facts to back his claim are […]



Generals Are Government Officials

Aug 24th, 2010 | By | Category: Jang, The News

Farrukh Saleem’s article in Monday’s The News makes a fundamental error in creating the illusion that the military and the government are two different things. In fact, the military is part of the government, and Mr Saleem’s column features almost no actual reporting but rather makes a particular political argument. Mr Saleem’s column cites troubling […]



Good Advice

Aug 21st, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

Naeem Tahir offers some excellent advice for TV anchors in his column for Daily Times today. I think what needs to be done is a careful presentation of the facts in a balanced way. Stop being so aggressive and interrupting everyone on the show. When you shout and speak more than the guest, you are […]



Ahmed Quraishi and Flood Contributions

Aug 20th, 2010 | By | Category: Express Tribune

Ahmed Quraishi’s latest blog post for Express Tribune (why are they giving this discredited conspiracy theorist a platform?) is either a c-grade comedy routine or further evidence that Ahmed Quraishi is willing to ignore facts when they are inconvenient to his political agenda. Ahmed Quraishi, by his own admission, is a political consultant who is […]



Raza Rumi: Media Exploiting Flood Tragedy

Aug 20th, 2010 | By | Category: Express Tribune

Raza Rumi, consulting editor at the Friday Times, points out troubling examples of media exploiting the floods to promote a political agenda in a column for today’s Express Tribune. Flood relief is being used by some as an opportunity to orchestrate political upheaval. Sections of the media are drumming up the partisan politics of a […]



'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 […]



Serious Problems with Misused Aid Funds Report

Aug 15th, 2010 | By | Category: Foreign Media

Saturday’s edition of The Nation included an article that claims that President Zardari has been misusing foreign aid from the 2005 Earthquake. The story has now been picked up by Express Tribune, Dawn, and others. But where did this story come from, and is it reliable? The story originated with Dean Nelson, the Telegraph‘s South […]



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