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Social Media and the New Islamism
Mümtazer Türköne

And no matter how arcane the rhetoric and mentality of ISIL may seem, it is actually making a direct appeal to this new world we inhabit. What's more, the real target of ISIL is not the people who live around the peripheries of society, people who have not been able to throw off the shackles of tradition or village life; no, instead, the real target is those people isolated and alienated in the shadows and surroundings of modernity. While these people search for an escape from this modern prison which leaves them so unhappy, crushed and without hope, they rush to the calls made by organizations such as ISIL…..

Arab Media on the Brink: Far From Transparency, Equality and Democracy
Ramzy Baroud

Though the media public discourse is severely restricted to some, it is generously open for others such as for those morally flexible intellectuals and media jokers who applauded the Israeli war on Gaza, as the rest of the world protested its devastating carnage. For now, Okasha and Adeeb will continue to take centre stage, while thousands of brilliant voices of intellectuals and journalists are muffled and censored. It is hard to imagine that in this age of awakening, such mockery will continue for too long…..

 

Finally, no review of radical Islamist websites in English would be complete without consulting Salafi Talk, a site promoting Wahhabi doctrine. "Salafi," referring to the original three generations of Muslims living with, and immediately after, Muhammad, has been abused as a cover term for "Wahhabi." Wahhabis who call themselves "Salafi" do not follow the examples of the early Muslims, but claim the term "Salafi" as an indicator of rigidity against the passage of centuries, and because they know that admitting they are Wahhabis alienates many Muslims......

Media Portrayal Of IS
Nihad Awad

IS core message is not Islamic. It is a political message improperly couched in Islamic terminology. I say improper because, as evidenced by the overwhelming rejection of IS by Islamic scholars, no faith sanctions its atrocities. Instead of misusing Islamic terminology, western media should refer to IS as a criminal organization. These two elements — justice and a media willing to deny violent extremists a pulpit— are often missing from discussions on ridding the world of IS corruption….

... dozens of European countries have now agreed to devise sophisticated measures to control the border with an aim to create obstacles for the ISIS recruits in travelling freely. Most importantly, these countries have tied up with the internet providers and social media networks to hunt the jihadist outfit where it hurts. And that is being done by working together to prevent jihadist ideology from reaching the targeted youth in their impressionable ages. Representatives of Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter were invited to Luxembourg on the 8th October to meet with 28 European interior ministers and discuss ways to counteract the intensive use of social networks by ISIS. ...

 
Haram Headlines
Ekrem Dumanli

Haram Headlines
Ekrem Dumanli

The pro-government media do not really care about the concepts of Haram and Halal. If they did, they would not have told so many lies or published slanderous reports about innocent and honourable people. They are, on the other hand, disturbed by the innocent people who were placed under arrest because they stood firm……

How TV Furthered Terrorism in Pakistan
Pervez Hoodbhoy

For 10 years after 9/11, Pakistanis had lived in a delusionary bubble. A majority had been brainwashed into believing that terrorism in Pakistan was the work of some “foreign hand”. So, even when various militant groups angry at Pakistan proudly claimed suicide missions against military and civilian targets, they were ignored. No Muslim could kill another Muslim, was then the prevailing logic. Surely Pakistan’s eternal enemies — India, Israel, America, or maybe even Afghanistan and Iran — were responsible……

 

Not Being Dead Is a Victory for Balochistan's Journalists
Raza Rumi

Beyond the veneer of prime time television shows that many think constitutes ‘journalism’, there are thousands of media workers at risk. They are endangered and pressured by state agencies, political parties, militant networks and mafias, which share a common goal: suppressing information and muzzling those who dare to dig facts……

 

I don’t have the answer to U.S. involvement in the Middle East, but I think we’d all be a lot better off if the warmongers who were wrong last time found something else to do or were flatly ignored......

 
The Media Muddle
Dr Munawar A Anees and Maryam Iraj, New Age Islam

The Media Muddle
Dr. Munawar A. Anees and Maryam Iraj, New Age Islam

The daily Indian Express has alerted its readers (their own Hinglish notwithstanding) to “Get set for Pakistani English or ‘Pinglish’” by inserting hilarious quotes in the like of: "Since I have to go to my village to sell my land along with my wife, please sanction me one week's leave." And the classic PTV faux pas, at Pakistan vs. India cricket series, says it all: “We want them win.” Finally, a website on business English has this advice for the unwitting users of Pinglish: “if you want to make it big on the international market place, consider taking up some English language lessons from a centre where international English is spoken, or even try to find one where the English language instructor is a native English speaker.”…..

 

Targeting Journalists in Pakistan
Huma Yusuf

Not a single person has been put on trial for killing a journalist in Balochistan. And nothing has come from Chief Minister Abdul Malik Baloch’s announcement in January that his government would launch a judicial inquiry into journalists’ killings in the province. The national picture is no better: hardly anyone has been convicted of killing a journalist, and the one high-level inquiry into Saleem Shahzad’s killing that did take place identified no culprits, and was widely dismissed by the media community as a cover-up……

 

Why Indian Muslim Community's English Newspapers Fail?

I have been watching with keen interest for about 20 years now the various attempts of India's Muslim community to publish English language newspapers. With repeated dismal performance of well-meaning ventures by capable and well educated Muslim individuals, it is a sad story and it is very difficult for me to understand why it is so….

 

The Islamic State's Social Media Strategy

Arabic news websites' most-read stories are currently those related to atrocities allegedly committed by the Islamic State (IS). The topics of these stories vary from sexual violence to beheadings, and all sorts of behaviour inherent to medieval times. Some stories involve internationally known figures who are quoted saying things about IS; the row over former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s memoir is a good example….

 

Summer of Muslim Journalists’ Discontent
Rabia Chaudry

Not that in any circumstance is Muslims obligated to specifically and individually condemn terrorism or atrocities committed by Muslims, let’s be clear about that.  I reject completely the call by other Patheos writers that I or anyone should write about ISIS (frankly I can write about whatever I feel like, and so can everyone else), but it’s important to note that the silence of the Muslim writers here was not only on the issue of ISIS. It was a general silence…..

 

The Arab World Wants Friends, Not Masters
Khaled Almaeena

Social media highlighted the Palestinian plight and human suffering, the holocaust, the annihilation of a people whose only request is to live in freedom, peace and dignity. But the mainstream media in the United States adopted a totally callous approach. Almost all mainstream networks, such as CNN, Fox and their affiliates went ballistic accusing Hamas of “attacking Israel,” holding the movement responsible for the current situation and threatening the security and stability of Israel! Some anchormen even fabricated lies…..

 

Touching Foot in Pakistan
Khaled Ahmed

An Indian-Gujarati friend of mine, with whom I share my enthusiasm for the Gujarati community of Karachi, has written something about me that needs only marginal correction. Writing in the Hindustan Times of May 12, 2014, Aakar Patel observed: “In a profile of his by a Western writer, I was alarmed to see that the columnist Khaled Ahmed, one of my heroes, actually paid one of the groups to keep them off his back. Such, then, is the lot of the writer of opinion in Pakistan.”.....

 

Pakistan Media: In the Shadow of Death
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty

Pakistan exists under a rule of terror imposed by a military-mullah combine, and it is, consequently, not surprising that the medium which attempts to unravel this truth and to criticize the prevailing order, has been under constant attack.....

 
Publicising Sufism and Pakistani Media
Hussain Ameer Firhad, Tr. New Age Islam Edit Burea

Publicising Sufism and Pakistani Media

Dear readers! Tears have welled into my eyes when I am writing these lines. We are obeying the orders of our spiritual guide, Iblees like disciplined disciples.  Today is 19th April, 2014. Sama TV is telecasting the programme Qutb Online. The camera and mike takes the viewers to the Mazar of Bahauddin Zakaria and Ruknuddin Shah Alam in Multan. The statements of men and women are being recorded. “From where have you come and why?” Almost every one said, “We have come to supplicate. We have come to seek intervention and God’s benevolence. He is Waliuallah (Friend of God).” The mike asked, “You have come from such a great distance while Hadhrat Data Ganj Bakhsh is closer to you.” One female pilgrim said, “Whatever we have is his (Data Ganj Bakhsh) gift only. So we have come to seek here too.....

 

ISIS 'Khilafat' Divides Indian and Pakistani Urdu Media: While Sections of Indian Urdu Press Romanticise, All Pakistanis, Including Ulema, Ignore or Portray them as un-Islamic Terrorists

Some sections of Indian Urdu media have presented the victories of the ISIS, particularly its announcement of the establishment of the Islamic Caliphate with great fervour and excitement and have tried to prove that it is a true Islamic organisation. But the Pakistani media did not give much importance and space to ISIS adventures and the so-called Caliphate of Abu Bakr Baghdadi. The Indian Urdu media published the news concerning announcement of Baghdadi’s Caliphate on the front pages. Not only that, one Urdu newspaper devoted its entire Sunday supplement to the Caliphate whereas Pakistani newspapers did not give much importance to the news on July 1.....

Are the Pakistanis Pseudo-Intellectuals?
Muhammad Jawad Tahir

With the rise of free media, several classic cases of pseudo-intellectualism have emerged in Pakistan, but only a few hold a special place in the ‘Pseudo-intellectualism Hall of Fame’. So what is pseudo-intellectualism?.....

Jailing of Al-Jazeera journalists: A proxy in the war between Qatar and Saudi Arabia
Robert Fisk

But the dictators of the Middle East only do to reporters what our own leaders would do to us, if they could. Didn’t a US delegation tell Saddam – before his Kuwait invasion – that his problem was with journalists? Didn’t the Americans shoot down our colleagues without compunction in Iraq? Haven’t the Israelis killed journalists and their assistants without punishment? When did you hear Americans or Brits complain about that? My guess is that Sisi will release the three Al Jazeera men on appeal. And we’ll thank him from the bottom of our Western hearts……

 

Pakistani Media and the ISI: A Demon Devouring Freedom of Expression

Under pressure from Pakistan army, Geo TV was banned for 15 days. Just before that, it made another mistake. In one of its morning shows, it played the video footage of the wedding of Veena Malik and Asad Malik with a traditional song that suggested that Veena Malik was like Hadhrat Fatima (R.A) and her husband was like Hadhrat Ali (R.A.) This created a controversy as the PEMRA, the regulatory authority of electronic media got 5000 complaints about the programme. Though the GEO broadcast apology on its channel, people, religious and militant organisations demanded blasphemy case slapped against the channel. .....

Fars News Objects to Arab Media Coverage of Iraq
Arash Karami

Since the Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham (ISIS) took over parts of north and west Iraq, the Al-Qaeda offshoot has altered the balance of power within Iraq and threatened to advance to Baghdad. Iran’s political closeness to the central government in Baghdad, its overall influence in Iraq and memories of an eight-year war fought against former leader Saddam Hussein has put Iran’s political elite and western border guards on alert…..

 

Is Media Freedom Under Serious Threat In Pakistan?
Mansoor Jafar

Strangely, the establishment expressed dissatisfaction over “negligible” punishment to Geo TV and moved for a tougher and permanent ban on Geo group, generating fears of leaving around 20 thousand journalists and other technical staff, employed in Geo and at least 15 publications of the parent Jang group, unemployed.....

 

Stones were pelted on mosques to provoke the Muslim for retaliation. Thankfully Muslims took it on their chin and demonstrated remarkable resilience. This all happened when it was not even established that this mischief was carried out by some fringe Muslim youth. However, there was deafening silence from mainstream media about this vandalism, till a Muslim IT professional was killed by the mob. The same media had criticised Mumbai Police Chief heavily during the Azad Maidan protest for showing restraint and not firing on unruly Muslim protestors......

 
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