Posts Tagged ‘ Propaganda ’

Conspiracies, Media and a Willing Public

Dec 11th, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

I’m glad that the discussion of these fake Wikileaks cables has not ended with the apology of some newspapers. I’m truly disappointed – no, I am truly depressed – that even after the story is admitted to be fake, some newspapers and TV networks continue to peddle the story. If it is unknown to be […]



Lessons From Forged Wikileaks Story

Dec 10th, 2010 | By | Category: Daily Nawa-i-Waqt, Dawn, Ethics, Express News, Jang, The News

I don’t want to spend too much time on the forged Wikileaks story that was exposed by The Guardian yesterday as it has been covered fairly extensively already. But there are some important lessons that should be discussed, and so I will spend a short time on those. Some have laid the blame squarely on […]



Web of Deceit: Cafe Pyala's Expose of Internet Propaganda

Nov 29th, 2010 | By | Category: Blogs, Conspiracy Theories

The blog Cafe Pyala recently published an incredible expose of the tangled web of deceit an Internet propaganda ring being run by a group of supposed journalists (original in full below the jump). Far from the conspiracy theories that are relentlessly promoted on several of the blogs that have been exposed, the work of the […]



Are Intelligence Agencies Using Media As Puppets?

Nov 13th, 2010 | By | Category: Jang, The News

Are some elements in the intelligence agencies using media as puppets? This is a conclusion that is being reached by some analysts based on recent news articles published by The News (Jang Group). Earlier this week, investigative editor for The News Ansar Abbasi wrote the article titled ‘Ex-MI chief, commanders Quetta, Pindi involved’ which claims […]



Daily Nawa-e-Waqt Publishes More Taliban PR

Sep 29th, 2010 | By | Category: Daily Nawa-i-Waqt

We have shown previously troubling examples of both English language and Urdu language media publishing what is little more than PR for banned organizations including militant organizations like Taliban. Another glaring example of this behaviour has appeared this week in Nawa-i-Waqt. On 27 September, Nawa-i-Waqt published the article titled, “Afia’s sentence is a challenge to […]



The Nation Publishes Taliban PR

Sep 10th, 2010 | By | Category: The Nation

We have been writing lately about evidence of media priorities and questions about whether some news organizations are providing PR for banned organizations and jihadi groups. We have so far shown some evidence that suggests that this is present in both English language and Urdu language media, but so far most of the evidence has […]



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 […]



'Shoe Incident' a Real News Story? Or Political Theatre?

Aug 9th, 2010 | By | Category: Geo TV, Jang, The News

Shoe throwing gained global prominence as a protest tactic in 2008 when Iraqi journalist Muntadar al-Zeidi threw his shoes at the then-President of the US, George Bush. Since then, it has been a popular form of protest for many different nations. The same tactic has been used against Chinese premier Wen Jiabao in 2009, and […]



Tariq Butt crosses the line

Jul 25th, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

Yesterday’s issue of The News included a column by Tariq Butt that crossed the line between questionable judgment and irresponsible journalism. The column in question, “The demolition squad gets another ‘educated’ Awan”, is a vicious political hit piece and nothing more. From the very introduction of the column, it is clear that the author has […]



Tariq Butt's latest column – Is this reporting?

Jul 13th, 2010 | By | Category: Jang, The News

The News today features a top story by Tariq Butt that hardly qualifies as serious journalism. The article, “Fortress NAB shuts all doors and windows” is nothing but a polemic intended to smear NAB officials and is supported by no facts or evidence other than the supposed statements of a nameless “ex-official”. Tariq Butt’s rhetoric […]



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