Posts Tagged ‘ politics ’

Media, Rumours and ‘Public Importance’

Dec 23rd, 2011 | By | Category: Daily Nawa-i-Waqt, Dawn, Ethics, Foreign Media, Jang, The Nation, The News

A report in The News today serves as an excellent example of how the media’s power to shape the way we perceive events can be used to serve a political agenda. According to reporter Sohail Khan, former Senator Azam Swati (PTI) through his counsel Tariq Asad has petitioned the Supreme Court to place the name […]



Media’s ‘Myopic Zeal’ and Political Bias

Feb 23rd, 2011 | By | Category: Aaj TV, Express Tribune, The Nation

The political bias of certain journalists is well documented. Nor is this a problem unique to Pakistan Nobody questions the conservative leaning of FOX News (USA), the liberal leaning of The Guardian (UK), or the establishment credentials of The Nation (Pak). When one looks to these media groups, the perspective that will be used is […]



Ansar Abbasi vs. Ansar Abbasi on 18th Amendment

Oct 23rd, 2010 | By | Category: Jang, The News

There is a famous saying that no man has a good enough memory to be a perfect liar. Ansar Abbasi could never be a good liar because his memory is so short that he cannot remember even what he has claimed the day before. Within the past two days, Abbasi’s statements in his columns about […]



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 […]



The Lessons of Airblue Tragedy Reporting

Jul 31st, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

In the aftermath of an unspeakable tragedy, there have been countless columns written deploring the awful state of media and news reporting in the country. Intelligent and civilized people have spoken clearly and eloquently about the irresponsible and unethical treatment of the tragedy by major news corporations. The best memorial to the tragic loss from […]



Is Ghazi Salahuddin's Analysis Fair or Factual?

Jul 4th, 2010 | By | Category: The News

Ghazi Salahuddin caught my attention this morning with his column for The News, “Under Zia’s Shadow”. In this piece, Salahuddin makes the claim that the legacy of Zia-ul-Haq continues to shape Pakistani policy, especially in the struggle against religious militancy. This is an interesting, if not wholly original discussion though certainly one that is necessary. […]



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