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Imbibing Pluralism? Analysis of Pakistan’s Press

Author(s): Taimur Ul Hassan

Journal: Acta Universitatis Danubius : Communicatio
ISSN 1844-7562

Volume: 6;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 50;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Pakistan | Democracy | Authoritarianism | Press | Civil society

The article examines Pakistan’s press’ role in the development of democracy in the periodof a military regime in 2002.It does so by analyzing the newspapers’ coverage of civil society, whichis the main factor in the nourishment of democracy in a country, by using content analysis technique.The article tries to find the direction of coverage given to civil society. In Pakistan, democracy isstruggling because of bouts of military rule since its inception in 1947.As a side effect, media hastended to follow the militaryestablishment and its political cohorts. Libertarian theorists say mediashould give space to every segment of society, whereas the proponents of Social ResponsibilityModel advocates that media should self-regulate with the aim to fulfill its responsibility towardssociety by laying emphasis on pluralism. Findings show that the press in the period under study gavesupportive coverage to civil society, proving its movement towards pluralism and SocialResponsibility, even under an authoritarian regime.

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