Prof Naeem Gul defends Ph.D thesis

Campus Reporter

PESHAWAR: Naeem Gul, former Assistant Professor of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC), University of Peshawar (UoP) has successfully defended his Ph.D thesis from the Islamia University of Bahawalpur (IUB).

In this regard, an online defence session was arranged on Wednesday last at the IUB in which Prof Naeem Gul defended his Ph.D thesis. The event was followed by a question-answer session in which he answered the questions of the audience in a well-managed and proper way and declared eligible for the award of Ph.D degree in the subject of Media Studies.

The title of his thesis is: “Representation of ‘War on Terror’, Foreign Policy, and Pakistani Print Media: a Comparative study of the Urdu and English Press during Dictatorial and Democratic Regimes (2001-2013)” which he completed under the supervision of Prof Dr Sajjad Ahmad Paracha, Chairman, Department of Media Studies, Islamia University of Bahawalpur, whereas Prof Dr Irfa Iftikhar, Chairperson, Department of Mass Communication, Leeds University Lahore and Dr Faiza Latif of the Department of Mass Communication, Lahore College for Women University worked as his external examiners.

During the defence session, findings of the research work by Prof Naeem Gul stated that Pakistani print media generally remained critical to the policy of the governments on the issue of War on Terror (WoT), adding that the press remained more critical to the democratic regime led by President Asif Ali Zardari than the dictatorial regime of military dictator General Pervez Musharraf.

The study revealed that the Urdu press was more enthusiastic in its criticism on the government policies of the country on WoT. It was also pointed out that most of the newspapers remained inconsistent in their attitude towards government policies due to lack of stability in the political and governance scenario of the country.

In the study six mainstream daily newspapers were taken as representatives of the Urdu and English press of Pakistan. The study suggested that stable socio-political environment was needed for the evolution of a free, patriotic and responsible press in the country.

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