Covering September 11 and Its Consequences: A Comparative Study of the Press in America, India and Pakistan
By Ramindar Singh
A paper by Ramindar Singh, fall 2001 fellow, analyzes how the press in the U.S. responded to the need to understand and report on the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and how the press in India and Pakistan handled similar challenges in their region. 9/11 affected Americans in a most fundamental way; it forced them to reassess their role in the world and question why they become a target for disaffected groups in faraway lands. Similar reassessments were underway on the other side of the globe, with the press in India and Pakistan asking a different set of questions about how this event would affect and alter the lives of people in the South Asia region.