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Media falls in the old trap

By Beena Sarwar

THE Mumbai nightmare has plunged the media in India and Pakistan into
the dangerous, old trap in which nationalism trumps responsible
reporting. This is not a new phenomenon, nor is it restricted to
India and Pakistan.

American journalists fell into this trap after the attack on the Twin
Towers in New York on Sept 11, 2001. They were vigorously criticised
for their unquestioning over-reliance on the security establishment
for information. The security establishment, with its blinkered
security paradigm, fed them false information that prepared the
ground for the Iraq invasion and the Afghanistan bombing. Continue reading

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