news Analysis presentation Analysis of News stories in leading newspapers and TV channels in Pakistan regarding post-obl and the murder of journalist SaleemShahzad
Print media reports post-obl Overall Themes: Several questions raised in reporting Facts coincide with reporting in the US Questions vary from report to report leading to questions regarding accuracy of information Opinion pieces pose strong questions for the general public
Broadcast media reports post-obl Overall Themes: Most videos start with general facts but lead to interviews/sound bytes that again, leave viewers with unanswered questions Strong interviews in most videos Heavy debate among anchor and guests on shows Wide variety of people and voices
Summary The print media offers a much more in-depth look at how reporting in Pakistan. Since majority of the population reads Urdu, theUrdu press is much different from how things are reported in the English press in Pakistan. The articles have a wide variety of information, theories and opinions. The broadcast media uses strong interviews to get the message across. There is ample use of b-roll and interviews with ordinary Pakistanis to prove the point of a video piece or news report. There is also a lot of debate that makes the viewer question much of the facts that they read and hear.
PRINT MEDIA REPORTS ON JOURNALIST SHAHZAD Overall Themes Objective but speculate towards validity of ISI allegations Top-down approach Provide details of murder, investigation Mention Shahzad’s article that links naval attack to Al-Qaeda
Broadcast media Reports on journalist shahzad Overall Themes Provide images of SaleemShahzad Provide images relevant to the story (Shahzad’s home, supreme court building) Provide relevant sound bites Reporter provides voice-over
Public Opinion of Pakistanis REGARDING MEDIA CENSORSHIP According to one poll, to determine what is “high quality news”, 67% of respondents said it should be news they can trust . 59% of respondents feel that news should be Unbiased and Objective. 60% of respondents say that it’s important to know why something is happening, rather than just knowing it’s happening. Pakistanis do not have much faith that the judicial system works without outside influence (political/military). 42% of respondents feel that Pakistan has no respect for human rights.
SUMMARY OF SHAHZAD AND MEDIA CENSORSHIP Public opinion surveys of Pakistanis show that trust, objectivity, and the explanation for news events are important factors for viewers. Pakistanis also do not expect much from the government in terms of a fair judicial system and human rights. These articles and broadcasts have the potential to raise awareness for human rights issues such as media censorship, holding the government accountable for the lack of press freedom. The idea of skepticism towards the judicial system is exemplified in the coverage concerning Shahzad, with a prevalent tone of pessimism for finding the guilty parties responsible.