Mumbai

February 7, 2013

Mumbai – A Microcosmic Megacity?

Pavements teem, cars crawl and deals are done in Mumbai, a city whose challenges reflect those of the country as it sails towards next year’s general election. As the proud inhabitants of India’s commercial capital jostle and toil, Mark Mistry looks at how infrastructure needs, as well as legislative and political problems in a city […]


July 13, 2011

Terror in Mumbai and the evolution of crisis communications

Several hours ago, three explosions hit the Indian city of Mumbai. At the current time (18h00 GMT), reports suggest seventeen people have been killed and 81 injured. Less than three years after the siege of 26/11, the citizens of Mumbai are facing the consequences of another terror attack. It is hardly a surprise that people […]


September 1, 2010

Upcoming paper on the BBC’s coverage of the Mumbai attacks

Just a note to let you know that later this month I’ll be speaking about the BBC’s coverage of the Mumbai attacks in 2008. The paper is a case study of the BBC’s adoption of live text commentary to report breaking news. Indeed, Mumbai was the first time the BBC had used a ‘live-blogging’ format […]


August 15, 2009

26/11 terrorist turns BBC journalist, inadvertently

The Mumbai terror attack on 26/11/08 shocked the world, and India. Months later, I noticed a malfunction on Google News which attributed three BBC News articles to the only 26/11 terrorist alive — Mohammed Qasab. After working on the story for three days, it finally appeared in The Times of India on August 15, which […]


April 16, 2009

TS Satyan: A life less hurried

  "I have begun to despise politicians and their ways. At my age, I don’t want to photograph any of them unless Barack Obama visits India." As India goes to the polls at the start of its rather overwhelming general election, the words of TS Satyan, a revered photojournalist who has spent his life chronicling […]


February 11, 2009

Mumbai ‘mesmerised’ the world’s media

Pretty obvious I suppose but there are some interesting bits and pieces in this RAND report into the terrorist attacks on Mumbai back in November 2008. Most of it concerns the implications for security strategy but there’s a few observations about media coverage and its relationship with terrorism.   1. The nature of the media […]


December 16, 2008

Live event: Mumbai – India’s 9/11

View in iTunes Tonight we discuss the recent attacks in Mumbai at the Frontline Club – Tue, 26 Dec at 7pm UK time. We’ll be broadcasting the event on the Frontline Club live channel which you can see above, What will these attacks mean for the ongoing “war on terror” and will India now be […]


December 11, 2008

More Twitter conventions would have aided Mumbai coverage

The recent attacks on Mumbai marked a moment when Twitter appeared to reach a critical threshhold. In the UK, various media outlets made use of the 140 character tool to augment their reporting. In fact, a journalist I spoke to today, said: if journalists hadn’t heard of Twitter, then they probably weren’t doing their job […]