1st Edition

Media Imperialism in India and Pakistan

By Farooq Sulehria Copyright 2018
    270 Pages
    by Routledge

    270 Pages
    by Routledge

    Examining anew the notions of media imperialism and globalization of media, this book disrupts the generalised consensus in media scholarship that globalization of media has put an end to media imperialism. One elemental aspect of media imperialism is the structural dependency of television systems in the global South on the imperial North. Taking India and Pakistan as its case studies, this book views globalization of media as the unleashing of processes that have translated into the liberalization of air waves and privatization of television systems whereby commercialization of television is privileged over public interest television. Additionally, it argues that the globalization of media has contributed to corruption, tabloidization, and marginalization of subaltern classes in the Indian and Pakistani media.

    Introduction: Media Imperialism in the 21st Century

    1. The Case of Indian TV

    2. Pakistan’s Media Dependency

    3. Media Education and Training: Enabling Media Imperialism

    4. Corruption in Consequence of Media Globalization



    Farooq Sulehria is a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of Development Studies and a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London

    "The book makes an excellent contribution to the growing body of literature on media globalisation by providing a thought-provoking and analytically sound account of two under-researched media markets."

    --European Journal of Communication 33(2)


    "Author Farooq Sulehria…breaks interesting new ground, first by concentrating on two countries that are underrepresented in the media imperialism literature, namely India and Pakistan, and secondly, by arguing that far from globalization having displaced media imperialism, it has intensified media dependency of these countries on the imperial centers."

    -- Oliver Boyd-Barrett in International Journal of Communication 13 (2019)


    "Without a doubt, the book has added new dimensions to the age-old media imperialism debate which were never thought to be relevant through a comparative study of two South Asian countries, India and Pakistan."

    -- Qaiser Abbas in Asian Journal of Communication 30(1).


    "This is an important piece of research that raises important questions for every democracy. Who gives us our news and how do we choose?"

    -- Linda Mitchell in The Friday Times XXX (20)


    "The idea that media globalisation has eradicated media is challenged head-on in the book, as it takes the two South Asian countries as case studies to dissect the liberalisation and privatisation in the industry, which has bolstered the interests of the privileged at the expense of public interests and marginalisation of the working class".

    -- Kunwar Khuldune Shahid in Newsline (August 2018)


    "Sulehria’s book offers a scrupulous analysis of the social, political and economic impact of the Euro-U.S. media domination of the Indian and Pakistani television systems".

    -- Amit Ranjan in daily The Citizen (Jan 1,2019).