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    'Where the press is free and every man is able to read, all is safe' - Is it relevant today?

    Famous American Thomas Jefferson said, "Where the press is free and every man is able to read, all is safe."

    This was made when there was no freedom of speech for individuals and print media was put to restrictions in bringing out awareness among masses and presenting them the facts. In simple words, many countries were under colonialism and democracy appeared to be a nightmare. Now Globalization has brought everyone together, many countries in the world followed the path of democracy and even some countries which are under the leadership of those who inherited power by legacy or rebellion - realized the importance of the 'Fourth Estate' i.e the print and electronic media. Their role became a key factor in the development of the region and bringing down the regional imbalances and upliftment of the economically weaker sections.

    But things seem to be going beyond the line of control and certain agencies and people have become power centres and the social media too be came more active these days. In the changed scenario elsewhere, do you think the above statement by Jefferson is relevant today?
  • #705216
    The underlying condition of the above statement is that press should be independent and free and should be bold enough to criticise any group in the country whether it is the ruling party or opposition or a coterie of some influencial people. Today it is not happening as press is polarised to a great extent. Some are praising the governance while some are condemning it. People are simply misled by these shoutings in the air which have no constructive wavelength beneath them. It is unfortunate but happening in a big way.
    Knowledge is power.

  • #705226
    When some authority is given to somebody, they should know how to use it properly. If somebody is given authority if they take it as an advantage we should not hesitate to withdraw that authority. Yes. Freedom to the press is important. But at the same time press also should do its duty without any affiliations. But these days every media house is affiliated to one party or the other. They are becoming their advertising agencies. Here the credibility of the media has lost. This is a very sorry state of affairs. No paper gives an unbiased opinion about any issue. Some may say the government is correct and some may it is wrong. Many of the people by reading or viewing these issues are getting confused. This situation should change.
    always confident

  • #705232
    Yes, it is as much relevant as it was in the times of Jefferson. God forbid the day when the press will stop being free and we get to consume news, selectively dished out by a bonded press. Exactly the same thing is happening to a large extent in China and to its entirety in North Korea. A bonded press will cut and insulate you from the external world. You won't have the judgement to decide what is right and what is wrong. Thank heavens, in India, our press still has some freedom. Yes, it is biased to a large extent, but then we cannot help it. After all, even the journalists and the media persons are also humans and their opinion too gets influenced by the happenings around them. Even though things here are not the same as it was in the time of Jefferson in America. Both the cultures are anyway poles apart. However, the above saying still has a lot of relevance even today and it is true for every country, rich or poor.
    Patience and perseverance pays

  • #705237
    The press is called the fourth pillar of democracy. For the kind of totalitarian and unrestrained democracy we are today, perhaps a fourth pillar is needed for journalism like it is today.

    India was ranked 140th out of 180 countries with a decline of 2 places in the 2019 Global Press Freedom Index. This assessment is done every year since 2002 by a non-profit organization called Reporters Without Borders. The organization is headquartered in Paris. According to the report of this organization, the most important thing that came to notice while assessing the freedom of the press in India is the increase in violence with journalists.

    Freedom is the first requirement for the development of healthy and strong media. That is why it is tried to reach that ideal state when the media itself decides what and how to present it rather than a state of law.
    Now is the time to tell the world that truth is no match, no matter how vigorously the lie is presented, eventually its hollowness will be exposed, the need is to give freedom to the press

    Swati Sharma

    Keep your Face to the SunShine

  • #705247
    It was said about a free but unbiased and independent press. Nowadays the media is not unbiased or independent viewed. They have their own veste interests - commercial, political and religious. Some of them are guided by the ownership while some are guided by the sheer opportunism of getting financial and other gains.

    Hence today's press and media need some control because they feel that media is Omnipotent, Omnipresent and Omniscient and they can do whatever they want and get away with the name of freedom of press(media).

    Being a journalist does not give any unbridled freedom to concoct stories and lies to tarnish a targeted person, group, section or nation. The action and accounts of media should also be subjected to proper scrutiny and they should be accountable answerable about their actions and reactions, utterances, bias, income and expenditure and contacts when needed.
    Media should report facts without distortion and not by exaggeration or suppressing facts.

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