The media of Pakistan: Fostering inclusion in a fragile democracy?

People watching a TV on a street in Pakistan

This policy briefing examines the role of media as a driver of inclusion and accountability in a country in the midst of a democratic transition. 

Publication date: September 2013 

Authors: Huma Yusuf and Emrys Schoemaker 

Overview: This briefing shows how a changing media landscape in Pakistan is increasingly giving voice to populations historically excluded from the public sphere, even amid ongoing political, security and economic constraints. 

• The proliferation of independent, privately-owned broadcast media outlets has been a crucial part of Pakistan’s democratic transition

• Regional media and social media, in particular, have allowed for far greater representation and inclusion

• But the media remains vulnerable to political influence, security threats and a limited financial base

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