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Farooq Sulehria

Interview: Martial PTV plays indirectly boosted jihadist mentality

Media instead of providing active criticism became an extension of the will of the state and secondly, indirectly, by latching on to a militaristic, masculinist narrative the media became instrumental in defining a kind of national identity that suited the hegemonic project of the military. Masood Ashraf Raja teaches postcolonial literature and theory at University…

Aik aur Ghazi

As police play the silent spectator, Tariq guns Yusuf down. Having finished the job, he kneels down (sajda) while the entire jail staff salute him amid cries of Allah-o-Akbar. Thus ends the film! First an anecdote. Friend and colleague Moeen Azhar was president of the Lahore Press Club. In his office at the Lahore Press…

Maverik Mullah & his Jamiat Ulema

(From Viewpoint Online) WikiLeaks reveal Maulana Fazl ur Rehman approached the US embassy in India through Maulana Madni. The embassy was informed: Mr. Rahman “could not speak freely in Pakistan, that he would say one thing in Pakistan and something else in India if asked”…Mr. Madani was also carrying another message on behalf of Mr.…

Less ‘journalism’ please!

As long as ratings dominate everything, like in entertainment, the making of a subprime crisis will always be overshadowed by the death of Lady Di “What audiences find interesting is not something that comes naturally. The media can awake interest in something if they work on it,” says Serge Halimi.  In this age of internet,…

Collapsing House of Saud

“King Abdullah had at least two phone conversations with President Obama to convey his concerns in the weeks before Mr. Mubarak’s ouster, and the last conversation ended in sharp disagreement” The New York Time’s Robert Worth, writing about Saudi worries over Arab revolutions, reports how ‘the Saudis felt that Mr. Mubarak should have been allowed…

Understanding Media Imperialism

A report for the FY2008-09, shows almost a total dependence of Pakistani TV networks upon multinationals for advertising revenue. Among the top ten advertisers, the only Pakistani concern, ranking second, was the PTCL. Is it the case that globalization has not delivered the imperialism’s end but the realm of media is an exception where imperialism…