Journalists From India, Pakistan Analyze Role

Journalists From India, Pakistan Analyze Role
Media Bias Since Mumbai Siege Discussed
By Rama Lakshmi, Washington Post Foreign Service
Thursday, April 16, 2009

NEW DELHI, April 15 -- Nearly five months after the deadly attacks in Mumbai that revived tensions between India and Pakistan, journalists from both countries gathered in New Delhi on Wednesday to examine their role in fueling regional hostilities.

At a freewheeling panel discussion titled "Is Media Jingoism Fanning Indo-Pak Tensions?" journalists spoke about the challenge of maintaining their professional impartiality since the attacks.

"There is rarely any neutral view. The debate in the media has often showed diplomacy as not only a softer but as an undesirable option, as well. The language of the discourse is couched in 'us' and 'them,' " Aniruddha Bahal of India's Foundation for Media Professionals said in opening remarks.

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