Posts Tagged ‘ memogate ’

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 […]



Facts and Perception: More Misleading Reporting on Memogate

Apr 24th, 2012 | By | Category: Dawn, Express Tribune, Geo TV, The News

The Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned its hearing on former Ambassador Husain Haqqani’s plea to be given the same opportunity to respond via video link as his accuser, the American businessman Mansoor Ijaz. When it did so, the Court issued some decision. What you believe that decision may depends on where you get your news. […]



Security threats real and imagined

Apr 10th, 2012 | By | Category: The News

A new report by Ahmad Noorani for The News claims that Haqqani’s missing Blackberry ‘could significantly help CIA, Mossad and RAW’. However, a quick review of the facts suggests that this is nothing but more sensationalist media fear mongering. Husain Haqqani was summoned to Pakistan on 16th November 2011. landed in Islamabad on 20th November […]



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 […]



Babar Sattar vs. Babar Sattar on transparency

Mar 12th, 2012 | By | Category: The News

Islamabad based lawyer Babar Sattar is a regular columnist on legal issue for The News (Jang Group). As a respected legal mind writing for the nation’s largest media group, he has a special ability to influence public opinion on important issues. Mr Sattar is entitled to his opinons, of course, but we believe it is […]



Memos and Appointments – Media Speculation Gets It Wrong

Mar 10th, 2012 | By | Category: The Nation, The News

Media is sometimes said to be a reflection of the society. Most people enjoy a little idle gossip now and then, and a favourite past time of media too seems to be speculating – at times even wishing – about what the facts might be. However there is a difference between chatting with friends and the […]



Manipulating the Media

Mar 9th, 2012 | By | Category: Ethics

The following piece by Kamran Rehmat appeared in Gulf Times on 8th March. In his piece, the author notes specific instances where the media claimed to be independently reporting politics, but appeared to actually being easily manipulated. There have been at least four instances in 2011 alone that have established that the independent TV media […]



Jang Group’s Double Standard on Security

Jan 24th, 2012 | By | Category: Jang, The News

When The News (Jang Group) published an editorial on 6th January questioning Husain Haqqani for claiming that he was concerned about his security without providing some concrete proof of threats, we noted that creating this arbitrary standard of proof of threats was insulting to the courageous men and women of the press who every day […]



Jang Confusion Over Mansoor Ijaz Security

Jan 22nd, 2012 | By | Category: Jang, The News

In The News on Sunday, Jang Group‘s reporter Murtaza Ali Shah has an article claiming that the US will protect Mansoor Ijaz in Pakistan. The day before, however, The News reported that the US Embassy denied that they supported Mansoor Ijaz’s visit and “made it clear that Ijaz has not been committed any security during his […]



Memogate 2: Get Mushy

Jan 19th, 2012 | By | Category: Jang, The News

Last week, Ansar Abbasi wrote what is allegedly detailed information about Musharraf’s personal accounts with banks and investment firms in the Gulf. He received his private information from ‘a source’. Now, Ansar Abbasi has an ‘influential diplomatic source’ that allegedly has copies of a communication sent to an American ex-Congressman asking for support upon his […]



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