‘Ashraf penetratingly explores the mesh of global journalistic hierarchies, capitalism and neo-imperialism in one of the world’s most dangerous war zones the historically fractious Pashtun Belt straddling Pakistan and Afghanistan. Readers concerned with the politics of intellectual labor in war reporting should grasp this book for its fresh analysis and grounded information.’ -John D.H. Downing, Chief Editor, Sage Handbook of Media Studies ‘Reporting from FATA-Afghanistan-Pakistan, the ground zero of news production today where imperialism, capitalism, and religious fundamentalism collude to constantly displace people from their homes and lives. Syed Irfan Ashraf reveals how the ubiquitous ‘fixer’ is not just another professional category in journalism, but its nadir. From his own experience as a ‘fixer’, Ashraf shows how the global media capitalist machine literally feeds on the life and work of local journalists, mutilating them into its ‘eyes and ears’, and the terrible costs extracted in return for the fundamental human desire to be seen and heard; to speak back to an international public and not just be its victim or other. Thinking like Marx, Ashraf explains how the ‘fixer’ is a role, imposed by the process of proletarianization and its dehumanizing consequences, not only for journalists, but society as a whole. -Jyotsna Kapur, Professor, Cinema and Media Studies, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, US ‘This book offers a unique perspective on regional journalism. Documenting a history of impunity against progressive voices, it probes how the local journalists in Pakistan are agents and victims at the same time in the violent power politics? As a working journalist-turned-academic, Ashraf’s twenty-five years of experience also offer an insight into what the future holds for journalists (and journalism) in Pakistan’s periphery as well as its urban centers.’ -Faizullah Jan, Chair, Department of Journalism & Mass Communication, University of Peshawar The Dark Side of Journalism provides a local journalist’s perspective on the role of ‘fixers’ local journalists hired to help global media outlets report on wars over the past four decades. Fixers enable global media to access news about al-Qaida and the Taliban in distant regions and dangerous caves on Pakistan and Afghanistan’s borders. Their risky pursuits have led to unprecedented death rates of local reporters during the U.S.-led war on terror. The Dark Side of Journalism illustrates both the essentiality of fixers to global news production, as well as their utter dispensability. Irfan Ashraf has a PhD in mass communication and media arts (MCMA) from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale and is an assistant professor at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Peshawar, Pakistan.
Author: SYED IRFAN ASHRAF
ISBN: 9789697834501 Publisher: FOLIO BOOKS Subtitle: THE CULTURE AND POLITICAL ECONOMY OF GLOBAL MEDIA IN PAKISTAN AND AFGHANISTAN Author: SYED IRFAN ASHRAF
From the Iranian hostage crisis through the Gulf War and the World Trade Centre bombing, the West has been haunted by a spectre called ‘Islam’. As portrayed by the news media – and by a chorus of government, academic and corporate experts – ‘Islam’ is synonymous with terrorism and religious hysteria. At the same time, Islamic countries use Islam to justify unrepresentative and often oppressive regimes.
In this landmark work, for which he has written a new introduction, one of our foremost public thinkers examines the origins and repercussions of the media’s monolithic images of Islam. Combining political commentary with literary criticism, Edward Said reveals the hidden assumptions and distortions of fact that underlie even the most ‘objective’ coverage of the Islamic world.
AUTHOR: EDWARD W. SAID ISBN: 9780099595014 Publisher: VINTAGE Subtitle: Author: EDWARD W. SAID
Al-Jazeera, the independent, all Arab television news network based in Qatar, emerged as ambassador to the Arab world in the events following Sept 11, 2001. Arabic for “the island”Al Jazeera has “scooped” the western media conglomerates many times. With its exclusive access to Osama Bin Laden and membeof the Taliban, its reputation was burnished quickly through its exposure on CNN. During the 2003 war in Iraq, Al-Jazeera seemed to be everywhere, reporting dramatic stories and images, even as it strived to maintain its independence as an international free press news network. Al jazeera sheds light on the background of the network: how it operates, the programs it broadcasts, its effects on Arab viewers, the reaction of the West and Arab states, the implications for the future of news broadcasting in the Middle East, and its struggle for a free press and public opinion in the Arab world. ISBN: 813090134X Publisher: VIVA BOOKS Subtitle: THE STORY OF THE NETWORK THAT IS RATTLING GOVERNMENT AND REDEFINING MODERN JOURNALISM Author: MOHAMMED EL-NAWAWY