The killings of Chris Stevens, the American ambassador to Libya, and his colleagues in Benghazi and the outpouring of violent protests against the U.S. in many parts of the world, in particular the Middle East, cannot just be explained in terms of the “legacy of tyranny” or the outcome of Arab world’s transition to democracy, a process which many political theorists believe, tend to be very turbulent.
Manager of Strategic Projects, The International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research
Dr. Arabinda Acharya is a Research Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies and Manager Strategic Projects at the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research. He is an expert on terrorism and conflict throughout the South Asia region.
Pakistan has proposed an amendment to the media control law with the objectives of removing existing “draconian” restrictions, and also to “bar the media from broadcasting video footage of suicide bombers, terrorists, bodies of victims of terrorism, statements and pronouncements of militants and extremist elements and other acts which, may, in any way, promote aid or abet terrorists or terrorism.” However, the media, human rights groups and the public see this amendment as a tactic by the Pakistani government to restrict freedom of the press. Dr. Arabinda Acharya from the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, writes an exclusive briefing for theglobalexperts.org.
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