Posts Tagged ‘ New York Times ’

Express Tribune’s Blank Page: Censorship or Protest?

Mar 24th, 2014 | By | Category: Censorship, Express Tribune

Readers of Express Tribune were greeted with an unusual sight last week: A large blank space on the front page. What was missing was a report, first published by The New York Times that accuses former DG-ISI Gen Shuja Pasha and an independent section of ISI of having either helped hide Osama bin Laden or, at the very least, […]



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 […]



Trust, but verify

Nov 4th, 2011 | By | Category: Ethics

We have written before about the problem of an unquestioning media either intentionally or unintentionally presenting information as facts that is actually carefully managed propaganda. This comes in many forms, from reporters embedded with intelligence agencies, to analysts picking and choosing evidence to support a predetermined conclusion. to journalists simply repeating what they are told […]



Reality check for “insignificant” US aid

Jul 30th, 2011 | By | Category: Pakistan Today

While the American Congress debates whether to cut aid to Pakistan, the media seems to be taking it upon itself to make the case that the US doe snot need to be sending any more money to Pakistan. No, I am not referring to FOX News, I’m talking about Pakistani media. A prime example can be […]



If only our own media was held to the same standard

Jul 10th, 2011 | By | Category: Ethics, Geo TV, ISPR

Geo TV report quotes DG ISPR Major General Athar Abbas criticising The New York Times for unsubstantiated reports based on anonymous sources “without any concrete evidence”. According to the official ISPR press release, Gen Abbas gave the following statement: ‘In some cases, information that was controversial then, and seems questionable now, was insufficiently qualified or allowed to stand unchallenged. […]



Western Media: Reliable Source…When Convenient

Jul 4th, 2011 | By | Category: Uncategorized

In a curious turn of events during the past week, the Western media has suddenly become the most reliable source for information about the war on terror. Beginning with a Reuters (UK) report that the US is refusing to leave Shamsi airbase, media groups have begun once again pointing to American media as the paragon […]



Conspiracy theories and hate speech in the media

Jun 29th, 2011 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, The Nation

In The Nation this week, senior journalist and project consultant/editor at Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) Ghani Jafar approaches a worthwhile subject – media used for propaganda in Pakistan. But instead of a serious investigation of the issue, readers are spoon fed tired conspiracy theories and hate speech. Allegedly an examination of American influence […]



A Tale of Two Editorials

Dec 24th, 2010 | By | Category: Daily Times, The News

Two very different editorials about The New York Times story suggesting American officials are planning to put being raids into Pakistan’s territory serve as an excellent demonstration of unbiased media versus ‘playing to the gallery’. First, The News (Jang Group) wrote on Wednesday that the article was proof of American duplicity. When The New York […]



Selig Harrison and Pakistan Media

Aug 31st, 2010 | By | Category: Foreign Media

A column in the New York Times newspaper by American commentator Selig Harrison has raised quite a bit of media attention around a conspiracy theory that the government is giving Gilgit Baltistan to China, a claim publicly denied by the Foreign Office. As with most conspiracy theories of this magnitude, a little basic research demonstrates […]



Conspiracy Media Harming Pakistan's Image In The World

May 27th, 2010 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories

The conspiracy culture in our media is a growing story in the international press, and it is harming Pakistan’s image in the world. This is something that needs to be addressed because it is more than simply a minor annoyance, it threatens to have far-reaching consequences for our nation. A nation’s media is often considered […]



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