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Militants media in Pakistan: Political etymology and professional craft

The Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) organized a series of policy dialogues to seek expert opinion on a PIPS research report titled ‘Understanding Militants’ Print Media in Pakistan and its Impact’. The report maps the militants’ media, its genesis and evolution, and impact on the Pakistani state and society. The report also profiles publications of the militants’ media, colloquially known as ‘jihad media’, along with publications of madrassas, sectarian groups and/or associated individuals, and mainstream media groups which support the narrative of the militants’ media. Besides content analysis of the four types of publications, the report also discusses at length the parallel propaganda campaign by militants in the form of leaflets and Shabnamas (night letters). The report finds that the militants’ media is gradually expanding its influence and outreach, having frustrated government efforts to close it down by continuously resurfacing under new names.
The  sessions  brought  together  a  large  number  of  media  representatives,  scholars  and  academics  to discuss  the  militants’  media  in  Pakistan.  There  was  near  consensus  during  the  sessions  that  the mainstream  media  also  shared  responsibility  for  the  current  spate  of  militancy  and  radicalization  in Pakistan as it had failed to put in enough efforts to counter, or at least not side with, the militants’ media. Details of three sessions organized by PIPS are given below:

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