The Media South Asia project is committed to stimulating public debate about the future of broadcasting in South Asia and working with civil society and media organizations in the region to press the case for improved public interest communication.
REDEFINING PUBLIC COMMUNICATION IN SOUTH ASIA
A workshop was held on 8-9 May 2004 in New Delhi, hosted by The British Council, which focussed on the possibility of promoting an alliance between organisations working in similar areas of media-related activity in different parts of the region, with a view to furthering a dialogue and the sharing of expertise and experience from across South Asia.
After the publication of Satellites over South Asia in December 2000, the project held a number of conferences and workshops, both regionally and nationally, to explore public responses to the satellite revolution and the role of the state and state broadcasters in the new media market.
BROADCASTING IN THE SATELLITE AGE'
In December 2000, MSA held an international conference
in New Delhi on the theme 'South Asian Broadcasting in the Satellite
Age' attended by over a hundred participants from India, Pakistan,
Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka as well as delegates from the UK
and South Africa. The conference was held in association with the
British Council, New Delhi, and Panos South Asia. It brought together
spokespersons for the satellite channels as well as their critics.
It explored the impact of the satellite revolution in India and
in neighbouring countries. It looked at the role of the state broadcasters
in the new, competitive situation and the options for governments
as regulators of the new media market.
PAKISTAN - DEBATING THE FUTURE
A one-day workshop held at the British Council in Karachi on 18
April 2001 debated the future of the Pakistani electronic media.
Participants included the Managing Director of Pakistan Television,
Yousaf Baig Mirza, former Managing Director, Aslam Azhar, the CEO
of the DAWN group of newspapers, Hameed Haroon, former Minister
of Information and Broadcasting, Javed Jabbar, as well as leading
advertisers, producers, journalists and documentary makers.
The workshop was preceded by the launch of a Pakistani edition of
Satellites over South Asia by the Oxford University Press.
CULTURE AND THE NEW MEDIA
On 27 April 2001, Bangladeshi broadcasters from the state sector,
the terrestrial broadcaster, Ekushey TV, and the satellite media
discussed the impact of the satellite media on Bangladesh culture.
Representatives of NGOs working in media and development also contributed
to the discussion, which was followed by the launch of the Bangladeshi
edition of 'Satellites over South Asia'.
CULTURE AND CONVERGENCE
IN SOUTH INDIA
A workshop was held in Chennai on 27 April 2001 in association with
the Asian College of Journalism to review issues of cultural influence
and media policy posed by the advance of global communications technology.
There were sessions exploring South Indian perspectives on the satellite
revolution, cable and community in Chennai, and the legal and technical
ramifications of India's proposed Broadcasting Bill.