Confusion over what ‘free speech’ means stems from equating the two different senses in which it is used: free as in unconstrained, and free in the sense of not having a price or cost.
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
The CBI’s decision to go after NDTV and its founders – while ignoring cases against the Adanis, Ambanis and other powerful businesses despite serious evidence – doesn’t bode well for the agency.
Senior journalists and other eminent citizens have unequivocally viewed the targeting of NDTV as Modi government’s attack against critical media.
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?
“We have one message to those who are trying to destroy the institutions of India and everything it stands for: we will fight for our country and overcome these forces,” the channel said.
Showing a remarkable ability to identify new opportunities, Subhash Chandra created a massive media empire, but has also blurred the distinction between the owner’s and the editor’s views