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INDIAN MEDIA AND THE ALLIED DEBATES - Part I

Media is the fourth pillar of Indian democracy. It is a source of information, awareness and also, a mode creating sensational news. The visual and the apparent resources entrusted with media inevitably make media a responsible entity. Therefore, “ETHICS” to regulate media becomes very much important in a country like India where multiple societal faiths exist. Nowadays, most of the part of a newspapers front page is filled with advertisements; this clearly indicates that the idea to make more and more money is on ascendant.Also, media has continuously been publishing news which keeps it away from the informational and educational pursuit.

Now the interrogation which stands up is “Should Media be regulated?”. In the first overview, the answer ascends an affirmation but when we inspect the norms of Indian democracy, the idea is subject to negation. The Fundamental Rights enumerated in the Indian Constitution here play a judgmental role. On one side, these rights provide the ‘Freedom of Speech’ but on the other side, they restrict this freedom. This makes the regulation a subject to debate.

The recent arrest of two editors of a reputed news channel in relation to the “Paid News” on the Coalgate scam has also become pejorative. The arrest of the two girls on their updates on the death of a leader in India is again critical. The reporting guidelines for Media are a directive again; the question is how much is that justified. Moreover, media in India is not limited to the contemporary designation; it extends to social media as well. The pros and cons taking in account all the trends and types are to be discussed in furtherance of this debate.


 This is a part of the series of Analysis of Indian Media & Journalism. Please keep checking for the next part.

Author:-
Tejaswini Ranjan
2nd year, CNLU,

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