Absolute Power corrupts the best
There are 1.2 Lakh Publications, 36000 weekly magazines, 550 FM Radio stations 880 Satellite TV Channels (380 of these are news channels) and an uncountable number of news & information websites running in India as per the Media Ownership Monitor (MOM) project – an initiative of the ‘Reporters Without Borders’ (an independent organisation that aims to promote media transparency globally).
Normally, a greater number of voices would create a pluralistic media landscape (allowing one to check the others) that is ideal for a democracy. However, things can take an ugly turn if the ownership of these voices is concentrated between an exclusive group of people, which is indeed the case for India – that already ranks 140/180 on the World Press Freedom Index.
The rules of the Indian media game are based on Laws that were formed years ago (some are 100 years old!). These are irrelevant in the digital era which is based on instant & far-reaching technologies. In fact, these regulatory frameworks have allowed some of the most notable media organisations (like the Zee Group) to become monopolies that cannot be questioned.
Eventually, these monopolies gain the power to control the information that is being presented to you 24/7. When these entities form personal associations (political, corporate or any other), this power can be abused (as it most often is during elections) & the news that is delivered to you can end up being manipulative, misleading and incorrect.
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We request our readers to go through the MOM database so that they can know more about the country’s most notable media brands and their owners (without blindly relying upon them). Become a smarter reader today!