The Emergency, imposed 42 years ago this month, holds lessons for the Indian media.
A free press guarantees the critical space where people respond to the government’s declarations and methods, and voice their criticism and dissent. To governmentalise the press through coercion would mean dissolving that space.
It is heartening to see that the media is standing up this time, sixteen years ago, most journalists and owners kept quiet
As sensationalism and the flow of ‘breaking news’ grips the TV news industry, we need to educate ourselves to distinguish the serious from the trivial.
In the light of the CBI’s raid on NDTV, the veteran editor says official attempts to muzzle the press can only be fought off if journalists stick together.
VTV News was threatened and had snakes let out at its office after it ran a story accusing Kushal Tradelink of artificially jacking up its stock prices.
The editors stood by the journalist, who also stood up staunchly and refused to reveal sources for the news, protecting freedom of expression.
The network, which has its headquarters in Qatar, says all its entities remain operational as of now.
If editors from the Times of India and other newspapers have the ability to push for personnel changes with government ministers, do these ministers, in turn, have the ability to influence the editorial line in these newspapers?
Senior journalists and other eminent citizens have unequivocally viewed the targeting of NDTV as Modi government’s attack against critical media.
In this special episode of Jan Gan Man Ki Baat, Vinod Dua’s acceptance speech after being awarded the RedInk award for lifetime achievement in journalism.
At the awards, organised by the Mumbai Press Club, the investigative feature by Nithyanand Rao and Virat Markandeya won in the ‘Science & Innovation’ category.
“Aaj main suspend ho jaunga, par tujhe joota zarur marunga (Even if I get suspended today, I’ll make sure I beat you up),” a police officer allegedly told one of the journalists.
We all had richly imagined ‘space’ phases as children – but only through Western toys, films and the chronology of NASA’s success, and the occasional book from the Soviet Union.
The government is seeking to muzzle media that is critical of the regime.
Discounting loans, one of the primary grievances the CBI and stockbroker Sanjay Dutt have raised, by itself isn’t criminal or fraudulent. How do the allegations stack up?
The veteran journalist has been recognised for his immense contribution to journalism.
The fact that the university’s mess remained closed in the afternoon during Ramzan was the truth, but that this was done to force non-Muslims to fast was post-truth.
Terrorist attacks are more than ‘breaking news,’ but the media aren’t taking a comprehensive approach to exploring the underlying issues.
S.R.P. Kalluri’s tenure as Bastar IG unleashed a reign of terror on some of India’s most marginalised. So why do we want future journalists to learn from him?
The in-house watchdog position of public editor is being eliminated as it shifts focus to reader comments, opening up the majority of its articles to them.
Disha, whose posters were used as visuals in a Republic TV news piece covering pro-ISIS slogans in DU has demanded an apology for the defamation.
At a recent media briefing, a top State Department official fumbled awkwardly so as not to offend his bosses or a US ally.
Facebook said the image “belittles, threatens or attacks a particular person, legal entity, nationality or group.” Following an uproar among Hong Kongers, the company apologised and approved the image.
In addition to revealing the identity of victims without permission, reporters often portray rapes in a way that suggests the victim is to blame.
The mindless ‘protest’ by Youth Congress members has been widely condemned but a photo being circulated by a BJP leader of slaughtered cows is old and of uncertain origin.
Tharoor has claimed damages and compensation of Rs 2 crore from the journalist and his channel for allegedly making defamatory remarks against him.
Reports in the ongoing probe show that his son-in-law tried to set up a secret back channel of communications with Moscow before Trump took office.
In a major speech on the challenges facing the Indian media today, President Pranab Mukherjee highlights the importance of journalists asking questions of those in power.
In this period of post-truths, it is untenable to have the progress of medicine and public health, as well as trust in science, be eroded by irresponsible sections of the media – either due to ignorance or conflicts of interest.
Two security sources told Reuters the websites were blocked for being affiliated with the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood or for being funded by Qatar.
The actor Paresh Rawal and his supporters in the BJP and on social media say he was reacting to Arundhati Roy’s recent comments on Kashmir. But she never even made them in the first place.
Twitter has often been accused of failing to against trolls who abuse and threaten others, especially women.
Anoo Bhuyan from The Wire speaks to the CEO of BBC Global News Jim Egan on why fake news is on the rise and how to counter it.
In Venezuela, the media has been under immense pressure for years, first under Hugo Chávez and now from the President Maduro administration.
While female newsreaders appear regularly on many Afghan channels, an entire station for women, with mainly young women, is a novelty.
Media critic Jeff Cohen and Paul Jay discuss the critical role Roger Ailes played in creating Fox News, who died yesterday at age 77.
The fundamental threat to communication arises from treating it as a tactical tool for achieving pre-specified ends for those who pay for it – and that’s what needs to be fought.
Adapted from Neil Gaiman’s Nebula Award-winning novel of the same name, the new series, now available for streaming in India, is in equal parts intriguing and overcooked.
A fortnightly column from The Wire’s public editor.