Posts Tagged ‘ rumours ’

Latest Media Hoax: No Agreement On Aafia Siddiqui

Jul 25th, 2013 | By | Category: Dunya, Express Tribune, The Nation, The News

Last week, reports of a breakthrough in efforts by some groups to repatriate Dr Aafia Siddiqui filled the print and electronic media as reporters rushed to report that the US had agreed to return the Pakistani neuroscientist in a ‘prisoner swap’. After several days of heavy announcements, statements by political and government officials, and countless […]



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 […]



Tweeting Birds, Judiciary and Accountability

Jun 6th, 2012 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, Ethics

When the Chief Justice took suo motu notice of allegations that his son Arsalan is involved in a corruption scandal, several high-profile journalists commented that the action was “a direct result of Twitter”. We will refrain from comment about the likelihood that the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is deciding the docket based on […]



New media circus same as old media circus

Dec 8th, 2011 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, Dawn, Jang, The News

On Tuesday, President Zardari left for Dubai to receive medical treatment. Within minutes, the media circus began and rumours of a coup began to circulate. While no one has yet to provide a single piece of evidence suggesting that Zardari will resign or a coup is imminent, the story continues to dominate media headlines. Part […]



Newsweek Pakistan Shows How To Start A Rumour

Nov 22nd, 2011 | By | Category: Newsweek Pakistan

Newsweek Pakistan shows us how easily media can start rumours. Following the resignation of Ambassador Husain Haqqani on Tuesday, Newsweek Pakistan posted the following on Twitter. A few minutes later, Newsweek Pakistan posted again, clarifying that they were unable to verify the claims of their anonymous source. While it is good that Newsweek Pakistan clarified their report, it […]



Jang Group’s $100 Million ‘Scoop’

Feb 5th, 2011 | By | Category: Jang, The News

Trying to get the ‘scoop’ on a story is a journalistic past time. Reporters want to be the first on the scene, and investigative journalists want to be the first to uncover a new angle. With fierce competition between media groups, publishing ‘Breaking News’ is a coveted prize. But there is a line between breaking […]



Bachola Shaheen Sehabi

Feb 4th, 2011 | By | Category: Jang, The News

Despite several requests, we had not intended to address the rumours of a secret Zardari wedding that have been floated around the internet because we felt that these were so obviously attempts to invent a scandal from thin air that they did not warrant even the most basic acknowledgement. Our hand was forced, however, when […]



Shabbir Mir's Shabby Reporting on BISP

Oct 28th, 2010 | By | Category: Express Tribune

A report in Express Tribune of 24 October lacks the necessary evidence to support the claim of the article. Shabbir Mir’s article, “Jiyalas abound in poverty reduction scheme” alleges that “you have to be a PPP jiyala to get government money…in Gilgit-Baltistan”. This is a serious charge of corruption that should require a minimal level […]



Media's Moment of Shame – Farrukh Khan Pitafi

Oct 21st, 2010 | By | Category: Daily Times

Farrukh Khan Pitafi takes the media to task in his column for Daily Times today over the recent rumour mongering by certain newspapers and TV stations which fueled an unnecessary tension between the executive and judiciary. He also makes the point that has been noted here previously that there is a severe crisis in the […]



Ahmed Quraishi, Most 'Weird' Pakistani Journalist, Takes Propaganda to New Lows – Turns Computer Glitch at WH into Conspiracy Theory

Oct 17th, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

Ahmed Quraishi seems to have an unnatural obsession with Ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani. It seems that Quraishi pays attention to little except following the Ambassador’s every move and trying to invent some conspiracy of one form or another. In his latest attempt, Quraishi distorts a computer error at the White House by suggesting […]



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