Last updated on August 31st, 2021 at 08:19 pm
The News International was launched in 1991 and is headquartered in Karachi, Pakistan. It is owned by Jang Group of Newspapers, which is a subsidiary of the Independent Media Corporation. An overseas edition is published from London that caters to the Pakistani community in the United Kingdom.
Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman is the owner of Jang Media Group (owner of Geo Group.) In March 2020, Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman was arrested on corruption charges; he was released after spending months in prison. Opposition groups and activists accuse “PM Imran Khan of targeting journalists who are critical of his government’s performance.”
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Analysis / Bias
The owner of Jang Group of Newspapers, which includes Geo TV, Mir Shakil-ur-Rehman, has been critical of the government, and in 2020, he was arrested. As a result, press freedom has a significant limitation as criticism of the government has consequences.
In review, The News International reports national news with minimally emotionally loaded headlines: Pakistan receives more coronavirus vaccine doses from Pfizer, Sinopharm. The wording of the articles is also relatively neutral. The News International publishes articles covering the opposition party with emotionally loaded headlines such as Foreign currency ‘rain’ down during PPP US chapter president’s festive return to hometown. They typically source information from themselves or their sister publication, GEO TV. The News International reports international news sourcing through large quotes; however, they do not provide hyperlinking.
Editorially, they have little choice other than to favor the right-leaning government of Pakistan, such as this ‘I share your pain’: PM Imran Khan meets Hazara mourners in Quetta. In general, the news is reported factually and with a right-leaning bias; however, there is little hyperlinked sourcing to verify the information.
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Overall, we rate The News International Right-Center Biased based on favorable reporting of Prime Minister Imran Khan, which promotes right-wing nationalism and populism. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to the promotion of state propaganda and poor sourcing techniques. (M. Huitsing 8/30/2017) Updated (7/21/2021)