Beset by frequent natural and manmade disasters, the mineral-rich but socio-economically poor province of Balochistan has always been a difficult place to live. In the past decade alone, the province has suffered from prolonged droughts, devastating earthquakes, and flashfloods following torrential rains. Today the impact of drought in the 2000s, flashfloods in 2006 and 2008, earthquakes in 2013, and drought again in 2015 is still clearly visible, as are the scars of so many other disasters.
Distracted by the hype over the Panama Papers, Pakistan’s mainstream media completely ignored an important by-election on July 15th in NA-260, Balochistan’s largest constituency, comprising the districts of Quetta, Naushki and Chagai. While Balochistan has never been a priority for mainstream media nor the federal government, the total lack of coverage was not expected. Media coverage and analysis play a crucial role in shaping public opinion.
On June 23rd Majeed Khan Achakzai, a provincial minister and senior leader of the Pakhtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP), was reported to have run over and killed a traffic sergeant. It was an accident, not a deliberate act of crime. Nevertheless, in a moment of inattention and recklessness, an innocent man ended up losing his life.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
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are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
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Exact case matching or punctuation
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A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".