On The Listening Post this week: “Terrorists”, “anti-nationals” – Indian TV anchors are in attack mode against critics of the ruling party. Plus the history of blackface in the Arab world.
Are the loudest voices on India’s airwaves normalising hate?
India is more than two months into a series of nationwide protests against a new citizenship law known as the CAA, the Citizenship Amendment Act.
The CAA makes it easier for migrants from religious minorities to get Indian citizenship – unless they are Muslims.
This is a political story in which the media are playing a central role. Much of the media has taken to amplifying the nationalistic, pro-Hindu rhetoric of the ruling party, the BJP – labelling protesters “anti-national”, implying that Muslims are inclined to spread