Can Cartoons Save Pakistan’s Children From Jihad? (ForeignPolicy.com)

LAHORE, Pakistan — “How do we prevent the 5-year-old in Pakistan from becoming a radical?” U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan asked in an April interview. Imran Azhar has a ready answer: “You make him a hero. And you redefine what it is to be a hero.” Azhar is part of a small group of Pakistani […]

‘The Rise of the American Taliban’ (Foreign Policy)

KARACHI, Pakistan (Feb. 4, 2016)— In the strongholds of hard-line Pakistani Islamist thought, they are talking about Donald Trump and laughing. Then they shake their heads with concern. “He doesn’t belong in the White House, he belongs in a mental hospital,” 46-year-old Hafez Tahrir Ashrafi, a Muslim cleric who is head of the country’s Ulema […]

Who is killing Pakistan’s educated elite? (GlobalPost/USA Today)

By Lawrence Pintak May 23, 2015 KARACHI, Pakistan — “We live in a kingdom of fear, fortified by religious extremism and intolerance,” columnist Ghazi Salahiddin recently wrote in The News on Sunday, one of Pakistan’s leading English-language newspapers. Such hyperbole reinforces stereotypes about Pakistan. But sometimes, stereotypes contain more than a grain of truth. This […]

Media, Policy, and Conflict in Pakistan (CJR.org)

(April 25, 2014) — Pakistan’s raucous and increasingly lethal media sector is exerting a powerful effect on decision-making in the country, even though journalists themselves are divided on whether their influence is positive or negative. That’s the key finding of a survey of more than 350 Pakistani journalists, policymakers, and academics. The recent assassination attempt […]

Pakistani Journalism (Media, Culture and Society, Vol. 35, No. 5)

Lawrence Pintak and Syed Javed Nazir (July 2013) FOR FULL ARTICLE WITH CHARTS, VISIT SAGE JOURNAL JOURNALISM A loosening of controls on the Pakistani media in recent years has meant the influence of Pakistani journalists is increasingly being felt in country’s tumultuous internal politics and its relations with the West. That has sparked a backlash, […]

Islam, Identity and Professional Values (Journalism, Online First)

(June 2013) Islam is a religion, but it is also a philosophy. An analysis of surveys in the Arab world, Indonesia and Pakistan reveals that the mission and values of journalists in those Muslim-majority regions closely track Islamic obligations to tell the truth, seek justice and work toward the public interest. This article provides empirical […]

Report on Media and Policy in the Muslim World Retreat

(Feb. 10, 2012) Journalists across the Muslim world are in need of political and practical support in the face of a backlash from governments struggling to undermine the media revolution sweeping the Middle East, Southeast and South Asia, according to a new report released by The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State […]

Pakistan and the GOP Presidential Primary (The Seattle Times)

ISLAMABAD (November 23, 2011) — Mitt Romney said it’s close to being a failed state. Rick Perry argued that it’s not our friend and shouldn’t get American aid. I happened to be in Pakistan as the Republican presidential hopefuls debated relations with this troubled ally. The sound-bite culture of American politics tends to reduce the world […]

Inside Pakistani Journalism (The New York Times)

(Feb. 12, 2011) The Pakistani public, long skeptical of American goals in Afghanistanand the Muslim world, is now outraged over Washington’s insistence that the authorities release a former United States Special Forces soldier charged with killing two Pakistani men last month. In this instance, as always,Pakistan’s tumultuous news media is the prism through whichUnited States […]

Bush, Bali & the Beirut Connection (CommonDreams.org)

Published on Wednesday, October 23, 2002 by CommonDreams.org There has been much talk of the fact that the Bali bombing marked the second anniversary of the attack on the USS Cole. But the deadly blast also coincides with another milestone — one with even more significance to the current direction of U.S. foreign policy. Nineteen […]