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‘Media has breached citizens’ trust, but all is not lost’ | The Hindu

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‘Media has breached citizens’ trust, but all is not lost’ | The Hindu 

Interesting debate on the Media Industry with senior-most journalists and media commentators of the country at the Sixth Union Debate of the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) – Has Indian media breached the Trust of Citizens?

Its so timely and appropriate for my research paper for 22nd Annual AMIC conference at Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia in July on the topic of Ethical Dimension of Media Industry – an Indian Perspective.

My paper attempts to understand if the burgeoning growth  of the media industry in India over last two decades in print, TV & online media with rising advertising revenue leading to the ethics of functioning of a media organization becoming the first casualty. Also in this process, is advertising revenues distorting editorial judgement as well.

Since this needs to be seen in the context of India joining the global economy in 1990s and the transition of our society from feudal to modern – the issue of media ownership patterns and cartelization in the industry has a bearing on this transition. Also, one needs to observe that the role of regulation on the print is exercised by Press Council of India but the television and online media don’t come under their purview yet and being vehemently opposed by the industry.

Another important dimension is the need for minimum qualifications for journalists as being recommended by Justice Markandey Katju, Chairman – Press Council of India but not finding favour from the media community. However, since Indian democracy is passing through this transition – a fair, transparent and free media is the cornerstone of democracry and is required at any cost. How we navigate these turbulent times with cartelization, changing media ownership patters, rising advertising revenue-based media industry will be a healthy challenge for our country.

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Written by schelluri

May 30, 2013 at 3:33 pm