Posts Tagged ‘ The Nation ’

‘Sheer indifference’ to objective reporting on fuel prices

Apr 1st, 2012 | By | Category: The Nation

An otherwise informative report on fuel prices in The Nation was marred by an unnecessary introductory paragraph and headline that spoiled the article by injecting it with political venom. The piece by Usman Cheema carries the headline ‘Fuel terror unleashed’, an alarming title that suggests indiscriminate death and destruction. But the report is actually just […]



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 […]



Memos and Appointments – Media Speculation Gets It Wrong

Mar 10th, 2012 | By | Category: The Nation, The News

Media is sometimes said to be a reflection of the society. Most people enjoy a little idle gossip now and then, and a favourite past time of media too seems to be speculating – at times even wishing – about what the facts might be. However there is a difference between chatting with friends and the […]



What’s next for Pasha? Depends where you get your news…

Feb 27th, 2012 | By | Category: Pakistan Today, The Nation

Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha was offered a historic third term as DG ISI last year. As the end of his appointment once again draws near, rumours and speculation have begun to run rampant about what is next for the ISI chief. At times like these, people look to the media to inform them of […]



Fragmented Media, Fragmented Nation

Feb 4th, 2012 | By | Category: Daily Nawa-i-Waqt, Dawn, Express Tribune, Jang, The Nation, The News

Not that long ago, two people from different walks of life would learn about the issues of the day from the same source. We relied on PTV and a handful of newspapers to bring us the news, and even this was vetted and censored by government officials. It was Gen Musharraf, ironically, who loosed the […]



Media, Rumours and ‘Public Importance’

Dec 23rd, 2011 | By | Category: Daily Nawa-i-Waqt, Dawn, Ethics, Foreign Media, Jang, The Nation, The News

A report in The News today serves as an excellent example of how the media’s power to shape the way we perceive events can be used to serve a political agenda. According to reporter Sohail Khan, former Senator Azam Swati (PTI) through his counsel Tariq Asad has petitioned the Supreme Court to place the name […]



Who authorised drone attacks?

Dec 14th, 2011 | By | Category: The Nation

In The Nation on Tuesday, Dr Farooq Hassan asks ‘Who authorised the drone attacks?’. According to the senior advocate of Supreme Court, the two obvious suspects are President and PM. But it seems that Dr Hassan is overlooking some important research on the subject. In March, you might remember, General Officer Commanding 7-Division Maj-Gen Ghayur […]



Preemptive Strike

Dec 13th, 2011 | By | Category: The Nation

Political attack are one of the warts on the journalistic profession. Typically, these attacks come in one of several well known forms: questioning someone’s patriotism, suggesting they are a paid agent, or lobbing accusations of corruption are probably the most common. Often these attacks come after the target has done something that can be misdescribed […]



Will Ahmed Quraishi be the next memogate victim?

Dec 9th, 2011 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, The Nation, The News

The latest version of the media’s ‘memogate’ parlour game has turned from who knew what and when about the infamous memo to who knew what and when about the US raid that killed Osama bin Laden in May. Mansoor Ijaz invented this new version of the game by first alleging that Husain Haqqani and Asif […]



Unfortunate Layout

Nov 28th, 2011 | By | Category: Funny

Nothing factually or ethically wrong here, just a funny example of how layout decisions can have unintended consequences!



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