Freedom of press-Use or Abuse

Media is said to be a very powerful medium. Its often dubbed as the fourth pillar of democracy. Any democratic country would have a powerful and free media to keep the citizens informed

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and keep the government on toes. And for this to happen, press freedom is necessary.

But sometimes this freedom is abused for personal gains. A small matter is hyped so much and when caught media goes mute. We can call it hit and run of a type. There have been many hit and runs in recent time.
Lets discuss a few of them.

1. Modi wears a 10 lac suit- This was seen to be the biggest dent on the image of Prime Minister Modi. The news suddenly broke out when PM was hosting President Obama for republic day. All news channels reported this news. The opposition came out all guns blazing. PM was criticized for his aristocratic attitude. Media reported it this way.

But later the truth came out  and was known that this was a suit gifted to PM Modi and its original cost was around  rs.10000. And the media went silent on this. Truth about this can be known from here

2.Recent meat ban controversy – Recently a news hit the media that the Maharashtra government has banned meat for 4 days during the jain festival of Paryushan. A media report on this can be seen here. Media hit out at the government terming this as imposition of hindutva agenda of the RSS. But the truth was something else. The ban actually was in place since 2004. Here is the whole truth.

This is just a tip of the iceberg. There have been many such incidents in the past too. Media jumps to guns too fast and somewhere in between the real news goes unreported.

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