Cobrapost sting is a reality check, but Indian journalism is not doomed yet. A sting operation by a news organisation calledCobrapost exposed the rot in sections of the Indian media. The sting “claims to have revealed a deeply engrained bias towards the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) within many of India’s leading media groups, as well as a willingness among some of the country’s most senior media executives and journalists to take money in return for pushing a political agenda,” the BBCreported.
P Sainath, the former Rural Affairs Editor of The Hindu, is one of my favourite Indian journalists. He is known for his reportage from the Indian hinterland, especially in bringing into light the issue of farmer suicides and agrarian crisis. Sainath now runs People’s Archive of Rural India (PARI), a volunteer-run rural journalism platform in India. Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjI9GhKqtxk His insightful commentary on the political economy of the Indian media highlights the perils of corporatisation of the news industry.
In his 1985 book Amusing Ourselves to Death, Neil Postman anticipated the future of public discourse by contrasting the different worlds as predicted in two dystopian novels: George Orwell’s 1984 and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. He wrote: “What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one.