The 2013 elections provided the people of Pakistan with an all-too-rare
opportunity to shape their own destiny. Politics, economics and society
are changing rapidly in Pakistan, and with them the prospects for
development of the country. A media that has been transformed in a
little over a decade has constituted a major part of this change.
This briefing shows how a changing media landscape in Pakistan is
increasingly giving voice to populations historically excluded from the
public sphere, even amid ongoing political, security and economic
• The proliferation of independent, privately-owned broadcast media
outlets has been a crucial part of Pakistan’s democratic transition.
• Regional media and social media, in particular, have allowed for far
greater representation and inclusion.
• But the media remains vulnerable to political influence, security
threats and a limited financial base
Yusuf, H.; Schoemake, E. The media of Pakistan: Fostering inclusion in a fragile democracy? Policy Briefing No. 9. BBC Media Action, London, UK (2013) 32 pp.