Posts Tagged ‘ sensationalism ’

The News terms its own reporting as ‘conspiracy theories’

Dec 11th, 2012 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, The News

In an unusual moment of candor, an editorian of The News (Jang Group) termed its own reporting on a recent issue as ‘conspiracy theories’. The admission appears to be unintentional, but whether intended or unintended, it should provide a lesson for media groups to exercise scepticism and discretion before rushing to publish rumours. The editorial which […]



The Nation Publishes Misinformation on Dual Nationality

May 28th, 2012 | By | Category: The Nation

An editorial in The Nation of 27th May includes misleading and sensationalistic claims about dual nationals. The piece titled ‘Foreign Nationality’ claims that “while the UK allows dual nationality, the USA does not” and “those naturalized as American citizens not only have to abjure any previous citizenship, but also have to take the American oath […]



Is Rohrabacher Playing Pak Media Like A Drum?

Mar 31st, 2012 | By | Category: Dawn, Express Tribune, The News

Last week US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher gave another speech about his support for Baloch separatists. As it was almost surely intended to do, Rohrabacher’s speech made headlines. Express Tribune headlined their report, ‘US Congressman calls Pakistan ‘enemy’ of US, freedom’, and The News headline read: ‘Pakistan a radical Islamist government: US Congressman’. What didn’t make […]



Sensationalism and ratings – Who is responsible?

Dec 25th, 2011 | By | Category: Ethics

It is a well accepted notion that one of the causes of media sensationalism is the desire to increase ratings. Ratings, however, are not a trophy that media groups seek simply for the sake of having good ratings. Rather, it is the basic capitalist drive to make money that makes ratings important. The higher the […]



پاکستانی میڈیا کا انتشار اور عوام کی جھنجھلاہٹ

Dec 7th, 2011 | By | Category: Uncategorized, اردو

نیچے دی گئی فیڈ بیک/ رائے پاکستان میڈیا واچ کے ایک معزز ریڈر کی جانب سے بھیجی گئی ھے۔ پاکستان میڈیا واچ اپنے تمام قارین کے بھیجے گئے مضامین اور رائے کا خیر مقدم کرتا ھے۔ اگر آپ پاکستان میڈیا واچ کو اپنی رائے سے آگاہ کرنا چاھتے ھیں تو برائے مہربانی ھمارے ای میل […]



Making Sense on Memogate

Nov 26th, 2011 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, Dunya

It is unfortunately more common that our reports examine inappropriate and unprofessional behaviour by our respected journalists. Occasionally, however, there are moments that make us proud to be associated with the profession and we do like to recognise these as well. After a week of media circuses, we are pleased to be able to once […]



Media’s Newest ‘Moment of Shame’

Nov 18th, 2011 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, Ethics

It has been one year since the media caused a national crisis by inaccurately reporting that the government was plotting to withdraw notification to reinstate the judges sacked by Musharraf. Unfortunately, it seems that journalists and TV anchors did not learn from this ‘moment of shame’ and are once again causing alarm by rushing to […]



بریکنگ نیوز اور ٹاک شوز

Sep 8th, 2011 | By | Category: Urdu Media, Waqt TV, اردو

جناب طاہر ملک اپنے روزنامہ وقت اخبار کے کالم میں ایک بہت ضروری نقطہ پیش کرتے ھیں۔ ھم اپنے اس قاری کے شکرگزار ھیں جس نے وقت نکال کر ھماری توجہ ملک صاحب کے کالم کی جانب دآئر کی۔ طاہر صاحب اپنے کالم میں اینکر حضرات کی سچائی اور موقف کا جائزہ لیتے ھوئے اس […]



Disturbing Pattern Emerging at Dunya TV

Jul 6th, 2011 | By | Category: Dunya

Two items must be noted about the episode of Khari Baat of 4 July. First is that Mubashir Lucman repeats the old debunked visa conspiracy theory. Actually this claim that there are 7,000 Raymond Davis’s running around Pakistan is not only disproven but quite ridiculous also. In February, Ambassador Husain Haqqani held a press conference […]



Screening blood and gore

Jun 13th, 2011 | By | Category: PEMRA

By now the images have become burned into the public mind. A young un-armed man is gunned down in the street. This is not the first incident of its kind, but it is perhaps history making because for once there is evidence enough to demand accountability. But as the gruesome scene is re-played over and […]



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