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International Media’s Take on Drone Strikes in Pakistan: Analysis of Newsweek, The Economist, and Time Magazines
AbstractTo evaluate the representation of Drone strikes in Pakistan by the international media, articles of the three prominent news magazines namely the Newsweek, The Economist, and the Time were analyzed during the year 2013. The analysis of these international mainstream magazines revealed that their attitude was hostile towards Pakistan and they were extremely critical of her Army and intelligence agencies. Newsweek also castigated Pakistan on her relations with the US. Newsweek goes to frame an opinion that if the drone attacks continue to net results, and minimize civilian casualties, there should not be a problem. The Economist also frames the stance in favor of USA to the extent by saying that a surprising number of Pakistanis are in favor of drone strikes as the drones do not kill many civilians and that the Pakistani government has given its secret blessing to the CIA program.
- Dr. Muhammad Rashid Khan
- Assistant Professor, Institute of Communication Studies, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
- Marium Kamal
- Senior Research Fellow, Centre for South Asian Studies, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan