Posts Tagged ‘ sources ’

US Refutes Express Tribune Article, ISPR stays mum

Aug 27th, 2012 | By | Category: Express Tribune

Express Tribune reported on Monday that the US is ready to give control of three Afghan provinces to Haqqani militants if they promise to stop supporting the Afghan Taliban. The claim is based on the statements of an anonymous ‘senior American military official’. According to the anonymous source, the Haqqanis are nearly invincible as both […]



A Familiar Triangle In Media’s Latest Drama

Jul 27th, 2012 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, The News

Love triangles have formed the basis for many dramas, but a different type of triangle forms the basis of the latest drama that is playing out on the front page of The News. At the center of the drama is a story by ‘Investigative Editor’ Ansar Abbasi two years ago claiming that ‘top federal figures’ […]



Ghosts in the machine

Jul 5th, 2012 | By | Category: Ethics

Remember John S. Hamilton? He made a brief appearance in The News only to disappear back into the mystery from which he came. When Mr John S. Hamilton dropped in unannounced, it was assumed by many that the piece was planted under a fake name to promote a certain agenda. The supposed author’s disappearance has […]



The News’s Sources of Misinformation

Jun 11th, 2012 | By | Category: The News

On Monday morning, The News reported that a breakthrough had been achieved in negotiations between Pakistan and US officials. According to diplomatic and military sources, a senior United States official — on behalf of US President Barack Obama — will apologise publicly for martyring 26 Pakistani soldiers in the Salala attack. It has also been […]



Media, TIP, and Allegation Laundering

Apr 8th, 2012 | By | Category: Daily Times

The Punjab government finds itself on the wrong side of Transparency International Pakistan (TIP) due to the controversial laptop scheme. According to multiple media reports, TIP Advisor Syed Adil Gilani has written a letter to provincial secretary of the Punjab Planning and Development Department requesting investigation of possible violation of Punjab Procurement Rules, 2009 and […]



Conspiracy Alert: Tall Buildings or Tall Tales?

Mar 23rd, 2012 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, The Nation

It is hard not to take notice of the bold headline on the front page of The Nation on Friday: US setting up for Pak sneak-in. Are we on the verge of an American invasion? Should we be strengthening the borders and preparing for war? Or is this the latest case of media war hysteria […]



Abbas Nasir on Journalism Ethics

Jan 26th, 2012 | By | Category: Dawn, Ethics

HoshMedia has done a great service to media. They sat down with respected veteran journalist Abbas Nasir (Dawn) to talk about fundamentals of good journalism including the difference between opinion and fact, properly using anonymous sources and intelligence sources, and avoiding traps in the ratings race during times of tragedy. The advice in these short videos is […]



How did Ansar Abbasi get access to Musharraf’s private accounts?

Jan 8th, 2012 | By | Category: Jang, The News

In a detailed front page story of The News on Sunday, Ansar Abbasi asks, ‘How did Musharraf become a billionaire?’ While questions about the source of Gen Musharraf’s personal fortune are legitimate, they typically focus on public information – how was he able to afford his London home? What is his current source of income? […]



Who is John S Hamilton?

Jan 4th, 2012 | By | Category: Jang, The News

That was the question that buzzed on Twitter Tuesday as people tried to figure out the identity of the author of a front page story “Special to The News” that is supposed to be by ‘John S Hamilton’ of Woodbridge, Virginia, USA. At first glance, the article, ‘Understanding the DNA of a BlackBerry set’ appears […]



The other casualty of ‘memogate’

Dec 3rd, 2011 | By | Category: Ethics

Farah Zia provides an excellent review of the way media handled the ‘memogate’ story as it broke. Now that the Supreme Court has begun hearing petitions on the case, it becomes even more important that media play its role of reporting facts and not intentionally or unintentionally influencing the outcome – an act that would […]



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