Pirates? Aarrr, our frigates will fix em! Err… what about context?

When the Indian Navy sunk a Somali “pirate” ship in the Gulf of Eden, the Indian media (including leading journalists) cheered from the sidelines. Nothing like booming guns and gun-toting soldiers to fire up the cockles of journalists. But here Read More …

CNN-IBN's big idea for 2009: Prime time terror, good Muslims, gays, internet

CNN–IBN broadcast a 10 minute program “Ideas 2009: What will shape our world this year”. Filled with graphics and montage sequences, the segment presented five big ideas that will shape 2009 — Prime Time Terror; Technology; the Liberal Muslim who Read More …

Updated: What is the legality of Md. Mukkaram's shooting?

Okay we know Mohammed Mukkaram was reckless (as is expected of most normal youngsters his age) and he paid with his life for his mis-adventure. The media has faithfully reported this, but has failed to inform us about the legality Read More …

Terror, media, and technology fetishism

The 26 November terror attacks on/in Mumbai have triggered a fascination with technology. An earlier post (link) examined how the print news media and the security technology industry came together to promote products and services. And security products and services Read More …

Indian Express editorial on the Indo-Pak media war

The Indian Express put out an editorial criticising the television medium in India and Pakistan for their hasty, impatient, and rhetorical coverage of the other country in recent times. The newspaper argues that journalists of the two countries are acutely Read More …

Shah Rukh Khan, bipolar Muslims and media

In an interview with Rajdeep Sardesai of CNN-IBN and Barkha Dutt of NDTV, Hindi cinema superstar¬† Shah Rukh Khan “finally comes out” and speaks out about Islam, defending it as a peaceful religion (watch the segment below). Fair enough. He Read More …

When news and advertising collides

I wonder if the brand manager for CNN-IBN noticed the irony. This advert for the news channel (Hindustan Times, Del, 16 Dec 08, p13) proclaims it is “India’s best English news channel”. The Nation page of the same edition (Page Read More …

India and Pak media, public opinion, and own-goals

Washington Post reports that Pakistan — from the extreme to the liberals, rich to poor — have united against what they see as the existential threat of India. The questions to be asked are, did the media — through its Read More …