Active GD- The freedom allowed to the media must be retained- If Yes, why and if No, why?It was Thomas Carlyle, the famous British historian and essayist who coined the term 'the fourth estate' to refer to the press. In the Indian context, it has been reworded to read as 'the fourth pillar of democracy'.
The main purpose of the press has always been considered to be like that of a mirror to the public where they can see the factual and actual reflections of all the happenings around them. The media is supposed to be the eyes, ear and mouth of the general public. They are supposed to make the public aware of the happenings around them. To cut it short, the media is supposed to act as a watchdog of the other three pillars, that is, the Legislature, the Executive and the Judiciary. And it is with the intention of keeping them free from any kind of interferences that their freedom of expression is protected by law though with a few restrictions like in matters related to national security etc.
But is the media fair to their basic purpose? Are they carrying out their responsibilities diligently? There may be differences of opinion. It is in this context where the fairness of the media, their business interests, their responsibility to the general public and the way they are functioning has become a subject of debate that we have decided to conduct an Active GD on the topic 'The freedom allowed to the media must be retained- If Yes, why and if No, why?
We did have some related topics coming up for discussion in the Forum but let this GD be a compilation of various points related to the press like their freedom, the importance of the media as the fourth pillar, whether they are exceeding their limits, how such excesses are reflecting on the general mindset, possible reasons for the media going overboard and so on but finally culminating in the main point of our discussion, that is whether the freedom of the media need to be retained or should it be restricted/ curtailed.
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