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Growing media, shrinking spaces?

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(Vol 27 No 2)
Growing Media, Shrinking Spaces
Southasia’s media environment is marked by a variety of competing tendencies and trends. The expanding role of corporate ownership and advertising revenue has exerted significant influence over media outlets, and attempts by government and non-state actors to censor through various means continue unabated. At the same time, the proliferation of media has created new openings and opportunities, particularly in terms of the amount of content available. Has this kind of growth enhanced democratic engagement or contributed to the deterioration of public discourse?

Himal’s new print quarterly engages with these topics by considering experiences from across the region, including the role of the media in India’s general elections, overt and covert forms of repression in Sri Lanka, and the trajectory of media in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Aside from assessing media in Southasia, this issue also offers articles that deal with labour and migration, Partition, nationality and the crisis of identities.

Sukumar Muralidharan on Modi, media and the feel-good effect

Abhishek Choudhury on the fact and fiction of news demand

Tisaranee Gunasekara on Sri Lanka’s Orwellian mediascape.

Lawrence Liang on bullies in Armani suits

Shirazuddin Siddiqi’s departure from propaganda Bindu’s on unhealthy reporting

JJ Robinson on reporting the dark side of the Maldives

Somnath Batabyal reflects on Assam’s subaltern ruse

Adam B Lerner reviews Pallavi Aiyar’s Punjabi Parmesan

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