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India-Pakistan: The media turns up the heat

Tensions between India and Pakistan are matched by heated rhetoric on the news. Plus, radio silence in Burundi.

On The Listening Post this week: As tensions between India and Pakistan rise, as does the heated rhetoric on the news. Plus, in Burundi, the media is silenced amid political unrest.

India-Pakistan pressures elevated 

With tensions along the Indo-Pak border high, media in both countries have a big story to cover. The airwaves are abuzz as the media rhetoric on both sides gets ratcheted up higher and higher. It doesn’t make the job of diplomats and governments any easier.

Talking us through the story: Wajahat Khan, anchor, Dunya News (Pakistan); Sonia Trikha Shukla, strategic affairs analyst (India); Amber Rahim Shamsi, anchor, Dawn TV (Pakistan); Bhupendra Chaubey, anchor, CNN-IBN (India).

On our radar:

  • The Pentagon paid a British public relations firm more than $500m to produce top-secret propaganda in Iraq, according to a story by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.
  • As protests continue in Ethiopia, the government continues its crackdown on dissent with the arrest of well-known blogger and lecturer, Seyoum Teshome.
  • Chinese censors appear to have shut down Consensus Net, a website that provides comment and analysis from across the political spectrum.

Media blackout in Burundi

As Burundi teeters on the brink of a civil war, the media space has become eerily silent. A government crackdown on blacklisted media outlets has left an information vacuum, and only state or pro-government outlets remain to fill the void. Even more worrying is the rise of divisive ethnic narratives in the national discourse. The Listening Post‘s Johanna Hoes reports.