South Asia Monitor: The Inside Pages: An Analysis of the Pakistani Press
December 9, 2010
Pakistan’s press enjoys a wide measure of freedom, though unofficial norms backed up by informal pressure restrict criticism of the Pakistan Army. The Urdu press provides a window on the views available to a mass audience in Pakistan that should worry U.S. policymakers. Compared to the more elite-oriented English press, the Urdu newspapers are more domestically oriented and more antigovernment. Opinion pieces present over-the-top, fiery criticisms of the United States and India and recycle dramatic conspiracies in terms that make them appear as fact. This snapshot underlines the urgent need for a public diplomacy approach that will humanize the outsized and diabolical image of the United States that is daily fare for most Pakistanis.