'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?