Riphah University’s Department of Media Science and an independent think tank, Research Institute of Development and Evaluations (RIDE) jointly organized a seminar on ‘Media Imperialism’.
Dr Farooq Sulehria while addressing the seminar has authored a book, entitled, ‘Media Imperialism in India and Pakistan’ published last year by Routledge.
He further piercing that the concept of media imperialism was usually constrained to the concept of Western domination.
In his view, media imperialism should be conceptualized as an amalgamation of commercial utilization of the side-line by the West and periphery’s dependence on the imperial centers.
In the case of Pakistan, the cost of country’s television system’s reliance was over two billion dollars. A country that does not have enough money for clean drinking water and basic health facilities to it’s citizens was sending billions of dollars abroad is a situation that needs serious re-consideration, he argued.
Nasir Zaidi recommended that media today was enjoying a degree of freedom due to a long and valiant struggle by the journalist union. The seminar was also addressed by Sabur Sulehria and Dr Rashid Aftab, Director Riphah Institute of Public Policy.