Posts Tagged ‘ Responsibility ’

What do McDonalds, Tata Group, and Osama have in common?

May 6th, 2011 | By | Category: Daily Express, Express Tribune, Jang

Yesterday we wrote about the two-faced reporting on Osama bin Laden coming from Jang Group‘s newspapers. But Jang Group is not the only media group that has been promoting one perspective in its English language media while projecting a sympathetic or pro-jihadi message in its Urdu publications. On 4 May, Express Tribune published opinion pieces […]



The Power of Words

Apr 14th, 2011 | By | Category: Daily Times

Very interesting comment on the power of words and the importance in choosing our words carefully as journalists. The author reminds us that we have through our words the ability to shape public opinion and heavily influence the path of the nation. This is a great power but also a great responsibility and we should […]



Media Hostility – Entertainment or Incitement?

Jan 29th, 2011 | By | Category: Ethics, Samaa TV

The past two days we have looked at two subjects that might seem unrelated, but actually have quite a bit in common: Meher Bokhari’s treatment of Salmaan Taseer and the theory of ‘Amusing ourselves to death’. These two seemingly unrelated items are connected by the common bond of entertainment and influence. A question must asked […]



Meher Bokhari and the Future of Pakistani Media

Jan 25th, 2011 | By | Category: PEMRA, Samaa TV

Meher Bokhari’s story should be a permanent fixture in journalism school as a warning to those future media stars who might be tempted to sacrifice all consideration of ethics, responsibility, and the safety of others for a boost in ratings and personal careers. The final chapter in Bokhari’s story has not been written, though, and […]



The media’s role in Taseer’s murder

Jan 6th, 2011 | By | Category: Ethics

Samad Khurram’s latest column for Express Tribune explains why the out of control media shares some responsibility for the death of Salmaan Taseer, and why it is so imperative that we get it under control before it destroys us all. It is quite likely that the tragic murder of Salmaan Taseer, much like the other […]



The Lowest Depths of Media Irresponsibility

Dec 21st, 2010 | By | Category: Daily Times, The Nation

I planned to write about a couple of items that have been in the news lately that I thought warranted addressing. For example, the article of 20 December, ‘Nawaz to support PPP in Centre, claims Shujaat’ which included the description of PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif as “the so-called opposition leader”. It is unclear if this […]



Nadeem Paracha and Self-Censorship

Aug 23rd, 2010 | By | Category: Censorship

Nadeem Paracha’s latest column for Dawn, “Free Limits”, takes a controversial position around the issue of freedom of the speech and the media. While I don’t agree with all of his points, the article does make an important observation about the complex relationship between mass media, audience, and politics. But most importantly, it gives the […]



The News, Ansar Abbasi Exploit Flood Victims

Aug 2nd, 2010 | By | Category: Ethics, Jang, The News

In a disappointing and callous move today, The News and its star “reporter” Ansar Abbasi use the suffering of KP flood victims to make a bizarre political attack. In yet another example of using its newspaper as a political organization, The News has published as a ‘top story’ an unsubstantiated opinion column – this time […]



Aliya Anjum: An unfettered media

Jul 20th, 2010 | By | Category: Daily Times

In her Daily Times column today, Aliya Anjum continues the public outcry for a responsible and constructive media that provides something of value for the people and not just cynical politics to increase advertising revenue. Will the media barons hear this plea? n the Hollywood flick ‘Spiderman’, the protagonist receives an advice from his uncle: […]



Publishing Media Critiques No Substitute for Actual Responsibility

Jul 19th, 2010 | By | Category: Jang, The News

The News yesterday published an excellent article by Raza Rumi that continues the criticism of media irresponsibility that Ayaz Amir wrote about last week. It is important to note that both of these critiques were published by The News, which is regularly criticised by this blog for publishing irresponsible and unethical articles, often political propaganda thinly disguised as […]



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