Pakistanis still using foreign media for news about Pakistan (updated).

Posted: 16 Nov 2007

"The BBC and the Voice of America radios are broadcasting Urdu programs, most beneficial for the people living in Pakistani cities and villages who cannot afford to buy satellite dishes or who have no internet facilities to watch global TV networks. While the people of Pakistan must get the news, they also need the news analysis. ... If the global media, particularly radio and television, can supply illuminating and honest analysis..., the people of Pakistan who yearn for democracy and the rule of law will be most grateful." Liaquat Ali Khan, Media with Conscience, 14 November 2007. "Meanwhile, the fate of international news channels such as the BBC and al-Jazeera remains to be decided in light of the fact that they air programmes that may not be suitable for Pakistani viewers. To put it more bluntly, censorship has been institutionalized once again." Huma Yusuf, The News (Karachi), 15 November 2007. "One American stationed in south Asia writes that, during Gen. Musharraf's state of emergency and the blackout of independent news stations, many Pakistanis have appreciated Voice of America's news broadcasts—though he adds they will continue to be appreciated only if they are seen as straight news, free of any government's interference. 'When tribal elites in Waziristan trust Voice of America to bring them the news,' he writes, 'it can't be a bad thing for the United States.'" Fred Kaplan, Slate, 14 November 2007. Update: "Radio, an almost forgotten medium, is back in the limelight with enhanced significance due to the situation. Medium and short wave radios are now serving the purpose." The Post (Lahore), 17 November 2007.

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