Stand up against attacks on India’s pluralism, for Lankesh

September 7, 2017/  By The Straits Times The most recent murder of one of India’s prominent journalists, Ms Gauri Lankesh – shot at close range in the chest and head by motorbike-riding gunmen in front of her home in Bangalore on Tuesday – is symptomatic of a larger climate of politically-motivated attacks on journalists asking…

World Press Freedom Index: Indian media is under stress

21 April, 2016 / By ET Brandequity Media in India continues to be under stress as the country figures low at 133 out of 180 nations in the latest World Press Freedom Index. The international watchdog said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is being ‘indifferent’ to threats against scribes. The damning report by Paris-based free press…

Community media network launched

9 March 2015 / By The Hindu The South Asia Network for Community Media (SANCOM), the idea for which was mooted last year at a Roundtable on ‘Towards a South Asia Network for Community Media’ at the University of Hyderabad was formally inaugurated at the World Radio Day event in New Delhi, organised jointly by…

Pluralism: Freedom with riders?

27 January 2015 / By Sadaf Aman India has not been kind to people who have taken the path less travelled — be it MF Hussain or Salman Rushdie  and more recently Perumal Murugan. Even while we have social media that has boosted freedom of expression and creativity, there is a rider in the form…

Five reasons why media monopolies flourish in India

12th January, 2015 / By Samarika Kumar The laws that could prevent such monopolies are either limited or absent. While walking to work one day, I saw an advertisement for CNBC-TV18 proclaiming, “We have stood for Indian business news. We stand for an India that means business.” With the Reliance takeover and editorial tutoring of…