Posts Tagged ‘ political attacks ’

Media’s Pre-poll Rigging: Journalists or Phappay Kutnis?

Mar 28th, 2013 | By | Category: The News

We wrote last week about the lack of attention being paid to one of the biggest sources of pre-poll rigging going on in Pakistan – the way media reports all manner of unfounded rumours and gossips against politicians. The example we used in our last post was a story in The News that accused PML-N chief […]



Media’s Pre-Poll Rigging: The News Describes Nawaz As Taliban Sympathiser

Mar 19th, 2013 | By | Category: The News

A lot of attention is given to certain actions by politicians and political parties intended to put undue influence on the outcome of elections before polls take place. Usually these actions fall into the categories of promising political favours and offices and the diversion of public funds for development projects to discretionary accounts. Little attention, […]



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 […]



In Haqqani vs. Noorani, the loser is Jang Group

May 14th, 2012 | By | Category: Jang, The News

Continuing its trend of publishing opinion pieces in place of news reports, The News on Monday took up almost the entire page 5 of the National News section with various opinion pieces. Ali Moeen Nawazish wrote his opinion about the importance of respecting mothers, and ‘Our Correspondent’ wrote that PPP has been outsmarted by PML-N […]



Farrukh Saleem: Journalist or Political Activist?

Apr 30th, 2012 | By | Category: Jang, The News

The Supreme Court’s decision against Prime Minister Gilani on Friday resulted in no small amount of confusion for many very capable barristers. Not so for Jang Group journalist Farrukh Saleem who used his column space in The News on Sunday to term the Prime Minister as a criminal. Farrukh Saleem, however, may tell us more […]



Exacerbating a tragedy

Apr 21st, 2012 | By | Category: Dunya, Geo TV, The News

Last night’s Bhoja air crash was a tragedy that has affected the entire nation. Unfortunately, once again the media has exacerbated the tragedy through irresponsible and insensitive reporting. Geo reported that Benazir Bhutto International Airport would be closed for two days, only to have their report followed by the Civil Aviation Authority reporting that the […]



Jang Group’s So-Called “Experts”

Mar 21st, 2012 | By | Category: The News

When media groups report stories about complex topics, a common practise is to invite the comments of experts who can provide some clarification to intricate subjects that might be difficult for the common man to understand. The power that these experts has is immense as their word is taken as an authority on the topic […]



Sehbai’s latest conspiracy another version of an old script

Mar 6th, 2012 | By | Category: Jang, The News

Shaheen Sehbai has returned with yet another conspiracy theory about secret, sinister plans being hatched behind the scenes by the PPP leadership. But this latest conspiracy is nothing new, and is really just a repeat of the same old script. In his article of Monday, Sehbai accuses the government of hatching a sinister plan to […]



Jang Group Attacks Human Rights Watch

Feb 23rd, 2012 | By | Category: Jang, The News

In Daily Jang and The News, Ahmad Noorani accuses Pakistan Director Human Rights Watch Ali Dayan Hasan of “presenting wrong facts and figures” and presenting a one-sided view of the Balochistan crisis in his testimony at the US Congress earlier this month. Noorani’s article supports a popular narrative – that the American hearing was not a fair and […]



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