Escape from freedom

Print edition : September 01, 2017

News of Narendra Modi's swearing-in as Prime Minister in 2014 seen on television screens at a showroom in Mumbai. News media in India are at a piquant inflection point. What is happening to the news media, or what they are doing to themselves, is a throwback to the Emergency of the mid-1970s. Photo: INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP

TV cameras at a press conference in Chennai. A good section of Hindi and other regional language channels vie with one another to run down and ridicule any and every voice of the opposition to the government. Photo: B. JOTHI RAMALINGAM

The news media in India have become, variously, town criers, cheerleaders, abettors, apologists, and an advance guard of newshounds clearing the way, preparing the ground for the totalising ideology and agenda of the current BJP regime.
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