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 done.


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 of civic

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.