Role of media in policy

Role of Media in Policymaking

Media as Quintessence of Democracy

Labeled as the “fourth estate” in democratic societies, the media possesses a distinctive capability to influence and shape government policies. Normatively ascribed the role of a “watchdog” with a capacity to contribute to institutional change, the media holds the political elite accountable, reflects the needs of the audience, and exposes transgressions of the power holders within the democratic system. Its role thus in influencing matters related to legislation and government policies is crucial and should not be overlooked. (more…)

Judiciary, Media and Public Opinion: An Overview

By Arifa Khan, Post Graduate College of Law, Osmania University, Hyderabad.

The media is regarded as the fourth pillar of any democracy. An independent media is necessary for keeping a check on the government and its organs. But with the increasing corporatisation of media and the race to grab more eyeballs for higher numbers, the media is overstepping its boundaries. It has been witnessed that the media pronounces its own verdict before the trial begins and ends up violating the principles of a fair trial. The accused persons are held guilty in the eyes of the public before a verdict is delivered in open court. Also, the sensationalism by media affects Judges and the public opinion created by the media is bound to have an effect on them. (more…)

Sheena Bora Murder Case: The elite society murder mystery

By Shrutika Garg, Jamnalal Bajaj School of Legal Studies, Banasthali Vidyapith.

Also known as the mother of all murder mysteries, the infamous Sheena Bora murder case came in the media’s glare and has eventually become one of the most mysterious cases in Indian history. Sheena’s alleged mother Indrani Mukherji, an Indian HR consultant and media executive, her ex- husband Sanjeev Khanna and her driver Shyam Rai have been questioned for her whereabouts. The twists and turns involved in this case are nothing short of the storyline in a daily soap opera.   (more…)

Creation of Autonomy

By Shreyan Acharya,Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies, Delhi.

“All Censorships exists to prevent anyone from challenging current conceptions and existing institutions. Consequently, the first condition of progress is the removal of censorship.”

  • George Bernard Shaw

The year 1997 was a landmark year, which saw far reaching measures to free the broadcast media from the shackles of Government control 50years after independence. It was the first instance of a Government, voluntarily bringing legislation to free media from its control which may set in motion a chain of events in the country ringing in revolutionary changes in the field. (more…)

Media and Censorship

By Deepti Purwar, Law College Dehradun.

Censorship is the suppression of speech, public communication or other information which may be considered objectionable, politically incorrect or inconvenient as determined by governments, media outlets, or authorities. More often than not, there is news of something getting banned somewhere in the world for reasons that seem unreasonable to many while a necessity to the rest. In India, specially, censorship exists widely. While each country and each culture censors the media in one way or the other, the amount of censorship or the cut-off level which defines what to show and what not to, differs. Sometimes the censorship can be a blanket ban on a certain taboo topics and the definition of a taboo topic would be given according to the governing authority in the country. A classic example of censorship in India is the Central Board of Film Certification or Censor Board, which comes under the purview of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. (more…)