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Being Muslim in South AsiaDiversity and Daily Life$
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Robin Jeffrey and Sen Ronojoy

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198092063

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198092063.001.0001

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Media in Pakistan

Media in Pakistan

Ideology, Indoctrination, Intimidation

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(p.269) Chapter Thirteen Media in Pakistan
Source:
Being Muslim in South Asia
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Khaled Ahmed

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198092063.003.0013

In analyzing the state of media in Pakistan, the chapter argues that in recent years terrorists have often intimidated journalists and dictated the tone of coverage. It notes that English-language media, both television and radio, are of limited influence in Pakistan. In consequence, governments and other players tolerate levels of debate and dissent in English media that would not be allowed in Urdu media, which have far wider influence. The chapter concludes that ‘Al Qaeda and its affiliates enjoyed powers of coercion that civil society and the media were less and less able to resist.’

Keywords:   media, newspapers, Pakistan, Urdu, journalists, intimidation, television, radio, coercion, terrorists

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