Is the Indian media misusing its freedom? (continued)
Many of the individual blogs and independent websites are challenging the established
websites, and the former are not burdened with having to tailor the news as per the
financial backers. Many independent blogs have taken the lead in exposing official
corruption, or in revealing the murkier side of politics, power and privilege.
Some of the Indian media have abused their freedom under the guise of investigative
journalism and tried to entrap corrupt politicians through sting operations. There
was also the case of the investigative journalists who were responsible for the false
accusations of abuse against an educational institution’s administrator. The administrator
resigned under pressure from parents outraged by the false accusations. Though the
truth came to light later and the administrator was reinstated, the damage had been
Indian reporters, in every medium - television, radio, print and the internet - must
be vigilant to ensure that they observe and report the news without becoming part
of the news story.
In conclusion, while there has definitely been misuse of freedom by some Indian media,
nevertheless, a thriving, independent media is necessary to act as the guarantor
freedoms. Those in power may sometimes feel the urge to curtail freedoms, but thankfully
due to people power and the internet, it will impossible to fully censor either independent
ideas or the right to free speech.