Impact of Media on Security


Today’s media is no longer limited to newspaper, television or radio but modern media, in written or audio-video form, has become fast, effective and accessible as it can share information worldwide in no time. Everything can be saved electronically in computers, mobiles or other digital devices. Digital media has great impact on states and societies with some good and bad sides....

1. Introduction

Today’s media is no longer limited to newspaper, television or radio but modern media, in written or audio-video form, has become fast, effective and accessible as it can share information worldwide in no time. Everything can be saved electronically in computers, mobiles or other digital devices. Digital media has great impact on states and societies with some good and bad sides. In recent years, academicians from the discipline of International Relations (IR) and Mass Communication have observed the media’s positive and negative effects on national and international security and its point of reference in the foreign policy making. However, some studies overlooked the fact that modern technical advances have transformed the media in many ways. Media in all forms, press, radio, TV (audio and video) and internet, had been influencing national and global politics. The present study intends to fill the gap in existing literature on the linkage of media and national security. Hence students and scholars in the discipline of International Relations and Security Studies can use this paper as a source of information for further related topics. Its policy function is that nations should know the threats engendered by electronic media on their security and frame policies that will set the way out to deal with harmful information or half-truths coming through media.

This paper revolves around the idea of ensuring peace and security through mainstream media and social media as majority of today’s world rely on the media for most of the information including politics. Whatsoever the media picks to focus, is the primary information that people receive and if media ignores something to cover or disseminate information related to oneissue then people remain uninformed. This process, agenda setting and agenda cutting respectively, forms various streams of narratives. So the received information entails power of construction and destruction. In this scenario, national security takes in conversations and content shared on media, it also responds propaganda of adversaries and external interferences.

The dilemma is that people are exposed to intricate information through media but information become useless rather dangerous without appropriate education, attitude, context and creative abilities. Certainty, developing countries have adopted technology but could not develop scientific thinking and it is more inimical rather constructive in development and preserving national interests of states. Media sells messages of branding and improper information to the public which concerns national security activities and such coverage builds views of people and their behaviors are developed up to their understanding.

Keeping in view its above mentioned role, this study endeavors to find out the answer of these questions; how do media on the name of freedom of expression, creating social problems? How can media bring positive change in societies, crumbling with terrorism? How do media cover security related issue such as acts of terrorism and how does it cause societal rift. The objectives of this study are to figure out linkage media (conventional and new electronic) and national security threats, the use of social media by the governmental institutes in limiting or removing threats to national security and to examine how media is making threats to national security of underdeveloped states worse. This study is analytical and based on various documents, reports, reviews, articles of journals, newspapers and books. Discussing a framework of media, tied up with solutions, will help in mitigating threats emanating from new media as it can be used other way round to create national cohesion and responding external threats.

2. Linkages of Security and Media

In history press played a vital role in social connectivity, and learning of cultures, socio-political norms were also exchanged. Nowadays, healthy competition between print and electronic media has compelled publishers and media houses to carve out new kind of readership or viewership. Hence, newtrends of media cater the demands of viewers and readers.1 In retrospect, media was used as means for controlling and monitoring societal norms and it was the carrier of cultural, political, social and economic values of a society which transferred legal and value aspects from one generation to another so as to help the survival of system, prevention of generation interruption and covering sociability process. Thus Radio and television had been main source of information and communication; these technologies later converged with modern technology and revolutionized the information.

With the advent of electronic media, its crucial role has become novel as it appeared strong means of transformation of world public, their lifestyle, understanding and feelings are very much dependent on media. The emergence of new information and communication technologies marks a turning point in the history of communication.2 Therefore, states are facing hard-hitting encounters to monitor, track and limit the use and misuse of social media related to states’ security.

National security is the safekeeping of the nation as a whole; its requirement is to maintain the survival of the state through the use of all instruments of national power including media. Admittedly, comprehensive national security is based on internal security, domestic prosperity and protection from external threats. It makes role of media more crucial (in opinion making, creating heroes and enemies) as Media has become an important pillar of state. Present era of communication has revealed several irrelevant secrets, or half-truths, to general public.

It is taken from TASAM Publishing's book named "New Security Ecosystem and Multilateral Cost"
This content is protected by Copyright under the Trademark Certificate. It may be partially quoted, provided that the source is cited, its link is given and the name and title of the editor/author (if any) is mentioned exactly the same. When these conditions are fulfilled, there is no need for additional permission. However, if the content is to be used entirely, it is absolutely necessary to obtain written permission from TASAM.


Continents ( 5 Fields )
 Contents ( 411 ) Actiivities ( 173 )
Africa 66 136
Asia 75 211
Europe 13 29
Latin America & Carribean 12 30
North America 7 5
Regions ( 4 Fields )
 Contents ( 167 ) Actiivities ( 45 )
Balkans 22 92
Middle East 19 56
Black Sea and Caucasus 2 15
Mediterranean 2 4
Identity Fields ( 2 Fields )
 Contents ( 172 ) Actiivities ( 66 )
Islamic World 51 143
Turkish World 15 29
Turkey ( 1 Fields )
 Contents ( 204 ) Actiivities ( 54 )
Turkey 54 204

Last Added

Âlimin yerini entelektüel, dini bilginin yerini bilimsel bilgi ve dini hakikatin yerini pozitivist gerçekliğin aldığı günümüzde, Müslümanların, Batı Metodolojisinin dışında Batıyı dışlamayan ama kavramsal açıdan oryantalist bir yaklaşımı da reddeden bir söylem geliştirmesi gerekmektedir. Müslümanlar...;

Border security ensures sustainable development of a state. Pakistan has the longest border with Afghanistan known as “Durand Line.“ The borderland is rugged, mountainous and porous unable to control the transition of people across the frontier. Both countries are having a history of strained relati...;

NATO’s ability to accord and shape security environment can be considered in four folds of which all are mutually integrated: Alliance’s solidarity, coherent common vision, consolidated security architecture and the capacity for rational prioritisation, and effective operational conduct. ;

Ladies and gentlemen it is nice to see you. Unfortunately, Covid 19 prevents us from getting together in real. Fortunately, we have the high communications technology at our disposal to continue to do business as usual.;

Istanbul Security Conference, which took place for the first time in Turkey in 2015, was held by TASAM’s National Defence and Security Institute on 05-06 November 2020, under the main theme “Security Institutions of the Future and Strategic Transformation After Covid-19; Army, Police, Gendarmerie, I...;

Rapor; Çin ile Türkiye arasındaki ticaretin Türkiye’nin diğer ülkelere olan ihracatına ve ticaretine - verilere dayalı - etkisi, iki ülke arasındaki kültürel/finansal/ticari işbirlikleri ve ilişkilerin Kovid-19 sonrası “Kuşak ve Yol İnisiyatifi“ altında ne yönde şekillenebileceğinin farklı alternati...;

The report has aimed at examining the impact, based on data, of the trade between China and Turkey on the Turkey’s export to and trade with other countries,;

Bu çalışma çerçevesinde, enerji güvenliği bağlamında enerji arz güvenliği ve enerji talep güvenliği ele alınmakta ve ekonomiye etkileriyle birlikte ülke güvenliklerinin etkilemesi incelenmektedir. Burada şunu da belirtmek yerinde olacaktır ki; enerji kaynağı bölgeler kadar enerji geçiş bölgeleri de ...;

Turkey - China Impact Analysis Comparative Research Project and Workshop l 1st Phase

  • 02 Jul 2020 - 02 Jul 2020
  • Online Zoom Webinarı - 14:30
  • Istanbul - Turkey

3rd Turkey - Africa Defence Security and Aerospace Forum

  • 05 Nov 2020 - 06 Nov 2020
  • Interactive Stage -
  • Istanbul - Turkey

4TH Turkey - Gulf Defence and Security Forum

  • 05 Nov 2020 - 06 Nov 2020
  • Interactive Stage -
  • Istanbul - Turkey

'New World Regulation After Covid-19' Workshop

  • 05 Nov 2020 - 05 Nov 2020
  • Interactive Stage -
  • Istanbul - Turkey

İngiltere’nin II. Dünya Savaşı sonrasında Hint Altkıtası’ndan çekilmek zorunda kalması sonucunda, 1947 yılında, din temelli ayrışma zemininde kurulan Hindistan ve Pakistan, İngiltere’nin bu coğrafyadaki iki asırlık idaresinin bütün mirasını paylaştığı gibi bıraktığı sorunlu alanları da üstlenmek dur...

Gündem 2063, Afrika'yı geleceğin küresel güç merkezine dönüştürecek yol haritası ve eylem planıdır. Kıtanın elli yıllık süreci kapsayan hedeflerine ulaşma niyetinin somut göstergesidir.

Geçmişte büyük imparatorluklar kuran Çin ve Hindistan, 20. asırda boyunduruktan kurtularak bağımsızlıklarına kavuşmuş ve ulus inşa sorunlarını aştıkça geçmişteki altın çağ imgelerinin cazibesine kapılmıştır.

Türkiye ile Avrupa Birliği (AB) ilişkilerinin bugünü ve geleceğinin ele alındığı Avrupa Birliği Sempozyumu, Türk Asya Stratejik Araştırmalar Merkezi (TASAM) ile Türk Avrupa Bilimsel ve Eğitimsel Araştırmalar Vakfı (TAVAK) işbirliğinde 02 Şubat 2018’de İstanbul Taksim Hill Otel’de gerçekleştirildi.

Soğuk savaşın ardından, “yeni dünya düzeni“ olarak adlandırılan dönem, hegomonik bir güç olarak beliren ABD’nin “büyük vaadi“ ile başladı: “Demokrasiyi dünyada yaygınlaştırmak“. Bu “büyük“ vaad, yoksulluk, adaletsizlik ve şiddet dolu bir dünyayı kurmak biçiminde gerçekleşti ve iki “siyasi/askeri“ ar...

1 - İKT Üyesi Ülkeler Düşünce Kuruluşları Forumu 28 - 30 Ocak 2010 tarihleri arasında İstanbul’da yapıcı ve samimi bir ortam içinde cereyan etmiştir.

Türk Asya Stratejik Araştırmalar Merkezi (TASAM) bünyesinde yaptığımız bilimsel çalışmalar ile Dünya ve Türkiye’deki gelişmeleri kavrama ve analiz etmeye yönelik çabalarımızın ortaya koyduğu açık bir gerçek var: Aktörleri, kuralları, vizyonu eskisinden çok farklı olan yeni bir uluslararası sistem il...

Öncelikle, başta TASAM (Türkasya Stratejik Araştırmalar Merkezi) ve yöneticileri olmak üzere, bu gezinin gerçekleşmesi için emek ve kaynak harcamış olan tüm tüzel kuruluşlara ve özel insanlara teşekkürle başlamalıyım.