On Dawn.com and ThePrint.in : Papers, letters and readers

Saaho

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Dawn and ThePrint.in are both left leaning media houses that operate from Pakistan and India respectively. While Dawn is predominantly a print media having a website, theprint.in is mostly a web based news media in India. Apparently both the publications have an understanding to allow each other to publish few article from the counter party every now and then. Its the choice of articles that is interesting :

Lets take a look at Dawn's choice of article. A simple google search ough to be sufficient :


It returns 9 results, out of which these are the ones they took out of theprint.in :


1. India's Dalit women often face sexual violence because of, ...
2. Major Ramazan crisis for Indian Muslims — no RoohAfza in

3. Muslims of West Bengal are no longer Mamata Banerjee fans

4. The Urdu sounds that are disappearing from Bollywood songs ...


Lets see the other way round : https://www.google.com/search?q="Dawn website" site:theprint.in

1. Rishi Sunak to Priti Patel: Why British Indians wield more

2. In Pakistan, Gen Zia-ul-Haq's admirers are growing. They hail

3. Pakistani women have led democracy protests. Can Maryam

4. India designed two-front war theory to draw US' economic

5. Nawaz Sharif or Asim Bajwa, corruption scandals in Pakistan

6. UAE is the 'Sparta' of Middle-East. It needed Israel on its side

7. Why Pakistan is the most chilled out in a world hit by coronavirus



First, Theprint.in publishes TWICE as many as articles as Dawn does from this arrangement, giving more space to Pakistan's journalists on Indian media. Though on internet, it is a bit less of an issue because everyone can access everyone else's website, unlike print media.

Second, ThePrint.in chooses articles which are either opinions/analysis (mostly neutral) or progressive themed. At times, they have chosen hit jobs too. Not surprisingly but still evidently, Dawn choses articles which are critical of India, mostly depicting civil unrest in India among Dalits or Muslims. Now it can be naively attributed to ThePrint is more interested in publishing more critical articles about Indian society but that will be, indeed naive.

A kenner observation is that articles in Dawn taken from ThePrint are almost completely missing progressive pieces or neutral analysis which their Indian counterpart often choose from Dawn. There is no mention of recent education reforms of India, no re-publishing of opinions of foreign policy experts from India (like Saran's excellent article on how China views India as a teacher in contra-positive) and even no article on recent Indian infrastructure work in Kashmir. It is clear that ThePrint.in deliberately chooses article from Dawn that are neutral themed or at least progressive themed while the counterparty chooses those that are explicitly highlighting the civil unrest, corruption and social evils.

This choice of article is more a view in mindset of readers of both publications. While both cater to educated liberal class in their respective countries, The Print's customer seem to prefer more neutral or progressive shaded news articles -- even if they are coming from their enemies while Dawn's readers prefer articles that are progressive themed but are fundamentally pointed at being critical of India. Apparently, Indian liberals try hard not to look baised, even at the cost of accuracy while Pakistan's liberal use liberal them as a thin vail to hide their true disliking of India. Indian Liberals are Liberals first and Indian later, Pakistani Liberals are Pakistani first and then liberal.
 

AbRaj

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This choice of article is more a view in mindset of readers of both publications. While both cater to educated liberal class in their respective countries, The Print's customer seem to prefer more neutral or progressive shaded news articles -- even if they are coming from their enemies while Dawn's readers prefer articles that are progressive themed but are fundamentally pointed at being critical of India. Apparently, Indian liberals try hard not to look baised, even at the cost of accuracy while Pakistan's liberal use liberal them as a thin vail to hide their true disliking of India. Indian Liberals are Liberals first and Indian later, Pakistani Liberals are Pakistani first and then liberal.
Excellent observation. The highlighted part is the crux. They publish what sells in respective societies.
They strongly believe that we are the reason for all of their miseries and sufferings.
Also being a closed conservative Islamic society, there is an underlined hatred for pagans across border and a strong desire to erase them in accordance with the Islamic teachings
Even modern education can only suppress that urge but cant abolish it
 
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