To control the mindset of any society, media plays an important role due to
its ability to transfer information and thereby transform societies. Electronic
media which thrives on conspiracies, has not lost its importance and TV is
still a popular means of communication. By virtue of technological
innovations, electronic media has a vast impact on all segments of society
(exposure to modern technology and becoming vulnerable). In the
contemporary world, terrorism is a major security threat in Pakistan.
Continuous open electronic media coverage of issues occur with inherent
bias. Against this backdrop, the role of media becomes crucial as the media
agenda is gradually turning into the public agenda. Electronic media is
inherently biases to the opinions of those reporting the situation. Admittedly,
media can influence a large chunk of society. Importantly, Pakistan’s
private TV channels while giving an insight to the audience, intentionally or
unintentionally, may drive a negative mindset and give birth to perceived
security threats. This paper attempts to ascertain the complex connection
between security and the electronic media and also highlights the negative
impacts of media on the security of Pakistan.
1-Sarwat Rauf Assistant Professor, Department of International Relations, National University of Modern Languages, Islamabad, Pakistan.2-Inayat Kalim Head of Department, IR Program, COMSATS University, Islamabad, Pakistan.3-Muhammad Mubeen Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities, COMSATS University, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Media, Security, Social, Society, Terrorism, TV, Internet, State