Have the media contributed to exacerbating the political, cultural and religious divides within Western societies and the world at large? How can media be deployed to enrich, not inhibit, dialogue? To what extent has the media, in all its forms, questioned, celebrated or simply accepted the unleashing of a ‘war on terror’? Media and Terrorism brings together leading scholars to explore how the world's media have influenced, and in turn, been influenced by terrorism and the war on terror in the aftermath of 9/11. Accessible and user-friendly with lively and current case studies, it is a perfect student text and is an essential handbook on the dynamics of war and the media in a global context.

South Asia and the Frontline of the ‘War on Terror’

South asia and the frontline of the ‘war on terror’
Daya KishanThussu

In this chapter, Daya Thussu suggests that one of the worst affected regions for terrorism-related violence is South Asia. He places the terrorism narrative within the broader geo-political framework of the region – home to centrifugal and centripetal tendencies, emanating from religious, ethnic and geo-linguistic factors, rooted in a history shaped by colonialism and often accentuated by contemporary political-economy of development. Although what he calls the ‘Talibanization of terrorism’ in Afghanistan and parts of Pakistan gave it global currency, the major terrorist-related violence in the region has more political rather than religious significance: Tamil terrorism in Sri Lanka and Maoist insurgency in Nepal and parts ...

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