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The Role of Media in Promoting Regional Understanding in South Asia

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The Role of Media in Promoting Regional Understanding in South Asia
2016

Publisher: Pentagon Press
ISBN: 978-81-8274-868-2 [Download E-Copy] [Buy Now]

About the Book

This book collates a wide spectrum of views across South Asia, including Myanmar, and debates the role of media in forging regional understanding and goodwill. The media's role in South Asia is essentially conceived as state-centric, adhering to the standard templates of nationalism. This inherent tendency has, at times, cost neutral and balanced coverage of events and issues. The contributors to this volume acknowledge the potential of the media as an institution which could/should, in addition to its routine reportage, focus on regional issues of common interest and promote regional understanding.

The book consists of 16 chapters attempted by scholars from all SAARC countries including Myanmar. They focus on a range of issues relating to media—ownership, impact of social media, media narrative, nationalist bias, state control, envelope-journalism, threat from non-state actors, and a host of other such issues. There is a consensus that the media has vastly enhanced its capability to mould and shape public perception and opinion with the revolution in communication technology in recent decades. They strongly endorse the view that the media should play its due role in promoting regional understanding and cooperation.

Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
About the Contributors
Map of South Asia
Opening Remarks by Brigadier Rumel Dahiya (Retd.)
Inaugural Address by Shri Prakash Javadekar
Introduction
Priyanka Singh

    PART I - THE ROLE OF MEDIA IN SHAPING PUBLIC DISCOURSE IN SOUTH ASIA

  1. Media-scape in South Asia and the Issue of Regional Cooperation - Smruti S. Pattanaik and Ashok K. Behuria
  2. The Media and Foreign Policy Discourses in Pakistan - Rasul Bakhsh Rais
  3. Impact of Media Ownership on Reporting: When Journalismis Prey to Predatory Instincts - Syed Badrul Ahsan
  4. Media in Post 9/11 Afghanistan - Amrullah Saleh
  5. Media in the Age of Intolerance and Terrorism - Kunda Dixit
  6. PART II - THE STATE OF MEDIA IN SOUTH ASIA: COUNTRY PERSPECTIVES

  7. Promotion of Jingoism in the Region by the Media: The Case of Sri Lanka - Dilrukshi Handunnetti
  8. Maldivian Media: Ownership, Orientation and Trends - Ibrahim Waheed
  9. Regional Understanding: Does Media Ownership Really Matter? - Kaberi Gayen
  10. The Role of the Bhutanese Media in Bhutan’s Democratic Evolution and Governance - Tenzing Lamsang
  11. The Role of Media in Myanmar - Myo Lwin
  12. Evolution of Afghan Media: Role in Promoting Regional Understanding - Danish Karokhel
  13. Truth vs Hype: Media, Hyper-nationalism and Impact on Perceptions in India-South Asia Relations - Shruti Pandalai
  14. PART III - INFLUENCE OF MEDIA ON FOREIGN AND SECURITY POLICIES OF STATES

  15. News Media Re-Presentation and Agenda-Setting in Public Discourse on Foreign Relations: The Case of Sri Lankan Popular Attitudes Towards India - Lakshman F.B. Gunasekara
  16. The Role of Media in Shaping Foreign Policy Discourse in Myanmar - Khin Maung Soe
  17. The Role of Bhutanese Media in Amalgamating South Asia:Quest for a Happy South Asian Society - Dawa Penjor
  18. The Role of Media in Shaping Foreign Policy Discourse in Nepal - Deepak Adhikari
  19. ANNEXURE
    Can Media Play a Role in Promoting Regional Understanding?
    Index


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