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Dawn: an anti-Pakistan newspaper ?

Discussion in 'Pakistan's Internal Security' started by sabena siddiqi, Apr 6, 2015.

  1. sabena siddiqi

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    Dawn News is Pakistan, s oldest English newspaper, in fact it was founded by Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah in Delhi, India, on 26 October 1941 as a mouthpiece for the Muslim League.
    Today, it is Pakistan, s most well-known newspaper and is considered an authentic, factual news source on all things Pakistani.
    It earned this reputation in decades, consequently it has also incurred upon itself the responsibility that it will not mis-represent Pakistan or distort its realities.

    In these trying times, when the army is at war with terrorist elements and terror attacks on a war level are taking place in Pakistan, s cities, the most brutal and barbaric being the ignominious murder of more than a 100 schoolchildren in a Peshawar army school, suddenly Dawn is coming across as oddly protective of terrorists.
    It has vehemently unleashed a campaign to put a question mark on military courts, these were established after a political consensus by the government and other parties.
    Dawn News, most recent views on military courts were that the execution orders of 6 TTP terrorists had 'sounded alarm bells among the country’s legal and political circles'.
    It is the first time in the history of Pakistan that these Taliban mercenaries have been convicted and this newspaper has raised a ruckus in its antipathy with military courts.
    It has, in a way, tried to provoke lawyers and judges to clamour against military courts, even though military courts are the need of the hour and established for just two years to control the rampant wave of terrorism.
    The 'secrecy' of military courts irks Dawn newspaper instead of being relieved that terrorists will meet their well-deserved end.

    It looks more like a studied stance determined by the newspaper to undermine the image of the armed forces, another particularly silly bit of news published in Dawn was that InterServices Intelligence had prepared banners accusing a senior judge of blasphemy.
    This allegation could never be proven but it was still news.

    In another Dawn report , it was claimed that Pakistan is the largest importer of Chinese arms, without reporting that India is the largest importer of arms from all over the world. This partial reporting only favored India.

    Not only that, Dawn is playing a very dangerous game by providing a platform to separatists.
    Recently, Mama Qadeer, a Baloch separatist was stopped from going abroad as his name was on the exit control list, Dawn reported the whole incident as if his demand was like that of Indian Kashmiris living under occupation.
    Dawn portrays those who want separation from Pakistan as those who are asking for their rights, shouldnt it be against the ethics of a Pakistani newspaper to avoid giving it front page space, such persons are also known as seditionists or traitors. :
    If the Pakistan government deems it fit to stop them from going abroad, shouldnt Dawn avoid nominating the same seditionist as Person of the Year 2014 ?
    Now this looks like confirmed endorsement and approval by Dawn news group for Baluchi separatist proxies.

    Lately, Dawn even glorified the Indian border force BSF which keeps firing on Pakistani troops on an international border.
    The launch of the Indian BSF All Women Camel Safari, at BSF Head Quarters in Bhuj was highlighted and promoted with such gusto that visitors on the Dawn.com Facebook page commented that they followed Dawn to catch a glimpse of Pakistan but it looked more like an Indian newspaper.

    The liberal Dawn newspaper also gives space to the miscreants of Lal Masjid and ample coverage.
    With overflowing magnanimity, Dawn always shows Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Kashmir as part of India on maps used in its publications.
    Isnt it strange that Pakistan, s largest selling and well-known English daily does not have a correct map of Pakistan?

    Lately, the Dawn news group also deemed it suitable to publish a piece by Husain Haqqani, erstwhile ambassador to the U.S. , in which he asked Pakistan to abandon the Kashmir issue as it is a small pesky country and America does not need it anymore after getting a mighty ally like India.
    This stance is very passe and only approved by India, it is not a realistic analysis of the situation.
    Also, he tries his best to give Pakistanis an inferiority complex on everything under the sun, is this sort of deliberately placed article suitable for Pakistan, s flag bearer in journalism to publish?
    Dawn has responsibilities towards Pakistan too, it is not just a land where they print away anything to make money.

    Dawn writes against an Islamic identity of Pakistan, running down the Two Nation Theory and questioning if Pakistan is indeed a Muslim country.
    I ended my subscription of Dawn newspaper five years ago, and im glad I did, reading it gives one a depression.

    Dawn also did an editorial against the death penalty because the ordinary people in Pakistan support the idea, the general public wants to see justice being done after losing 50, 000 lives to terrorism.
    The Peshawar attack was Pakistan, s 9/11 and people want to see results, they want to see good winning over evil, and dont need decorative talk about human rights of terrorists who kill babies.

    Newspapers in Pakistan should represent it with sincerity and honesty, exercising caution regarding its foreign policy, its defense and its future.
    Is it possible for a newspaper to go against the interests of a country it is identified with and undermine the efforts of the government and security agencies in checking crime and ensuring terrorists are punished.
    This is not freedom of speech, it is negative propaganda and a senseless bias, sorry to say but the next largest English newspaper Express Tribune also follows Dawn, s example.
    Pakistan does not have the honest, sincere, patriotic media it deserves.
    How can a newspaper go against what is good for the country and still claim to represent the same country?
    Pakistan, s newspaper and television media need a code of conduct as they do not understand the ethos of Pakistan.

    @sabena_siddiqi
     
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    None of the media houses are anti-Pakistani. They are just misguided.

    Too many people with different ideas to make headlines. The government can ban youtube but can't bring their own news companies under line.

    All that is required is not to question, sensationalize or outright fabricate anything to do with national security issues and diplomatic relations with other nations. Everything else is fair game.

    I have seen news channels spend a whole day telling a complete lie to bring in viewers then pulling it from the news the next day. I don't know what other country tolerates this.

    Terrorism laws should extend to news companies.
     
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    Danw is anti pakistan nd all media houses too.they are after spreading self defeatist ,despondent mindset,where you attack ppl's minds one after another with despair creating articles sort of trying to mentally paralyze a nation. I avoid their editorials. They will never highlight kashmir issue, recetly they wrote an article on kenya college massacre that silence in pakistan is so defeaning, what do you expect pakistan to do? Then against military courts. it was presented as if military was willng to take charge of courts too. Whiich was sucha wrong idea. Courts would be the last thing army would have wanted to do. Then there are countless examples. They eulogize modi a lot. All our media houses are sold and corrupt. Editorials are so biased and full of lies, or sort of myopic.
     
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    Dailytimes,The Nation and Pakistan Today are better
     
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    Why on Earth anybody expects a money making business to be patriotic and nationalistic blah blah?
     
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    @sabena siddiqi

    If this is our writing then i would say 'not bad, not bad at all'.

    Indeed dawn has been at it for awhile now and the state needs to step in. A pakistani news paper must not be allowed to spew poision against the state all the time.
     
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    The basic issue is what are the national interests of Pakistan. Especially in a state where the plutocrats want to determine national security and anything related to it.
    it is easier to make money being a bombastic right wing channel
     
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    et tu Mastan !
     
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    I don't see any such private popular media in Pakistan, if you were right than "Ummat" would have been leading the industry. Or Zaid Hamid would be the role model of every Pakistani.

    However, on other hand talking / writing shit about Pakistan does entertain a billion or so. So in strict business terms report for a bigger market with better earning prospects rather than a limited market. Billions like "Najam Sheti" and very few like "Zaid Hamid"
     
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    Dailytimes is of taseer family, so i sort of keep my distance. Thenation website is rubbish ,and i have seen them adding sensational headlines, so again you feel hesitant, pakistan today i will have to keep reading to say more of. Et is a starplus total india funded rag which posts zee news,ndtv copy paste news.

    @sabena siddiqi, i can do detailed analysis of our some of the media houses. They are all crap, cheap rags, modi doormats.danw is also very focussed on bringing indian traffic so they post all sorts of indian nonsens in comments too.
     
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    Hi

    Off course and why not. If a nation like the united states does not allow its mainstream media to spew poision against the state at any time, then why must pakistan.

    Now tell me why did Brtus do what he Did.
     
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    come on Dawn is not that bad. in fact Pakistani print media is pretty good better than Indian ones.its the Electronic media of pakistan which sucks big time.
     
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    It is mine of course, I write regularly, almost weekly.
    This article will be published in The London Post and AlRasub in a few hours.