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Apropos your cover story (The Daily Noose, Dec 5), it is the responsibility of the media to make people conscience-keepers of the nation by providing accurate news and analysis of what’s happening in government, politics, society. Fair journalism could well be defined as that which mitigates the woes of and increases the happiness of society. As your opinion poll indicated—an overwhelming 67 per cent want self-regulation by the media, not intervention—we don’t need a ‘vigilance commissioner’ to oversee the media.
B. Seetharam, Hanamkonda, Warangal
Your cover story supported my view—that the Indian media is under attack from the judiciary, politicians and big business—with examples and evidence. Journalists are real crusaders, who don’t give up.
Prerna Priyakshi, Bangalore
The media has great power, it should bear in mind the adage that with great power comes great responsibility. The written word still has a lot of power. With politicians owning media houses and editors peddling news as entertainment, there’s an inevitable abdication of responsibility. Amidst all this, Mr Mehta, you plug your book in your magazine. I rest my case.
Ram, on e-mail
Your cover story reveals the reality. Journalists, who quite often don’t care for their lives and that of their family members, are under attack on all fronts. Despite all this, there are young journalists who are still willing to meet these challenges. The government should keep in mind that it cannot dominate journalists who don’t work to earn money but to fulfil the role of getting justice for those who are unable to get it themselves.
Shailesh Kumar, Bangalore
Why does everyone hate the media, you ask. Here’s the answer: journalists pretend not only to be Solomons but also Harishchandras; they derisively refer to IAS officers as babus (by the way, the Chambers dictionary defines ‘babu’ as an Indian clerk), but I’m sure would hate to be called munshis (scribes). The worst habit of journalists is that they often promote the case of their benefactors. At any rate, not everyone hates the media. Mediapersons, after all, love themselves!
J.N. Bhartiya, Hyderabad
Not everyone hates the media. It’s only those who have a dark side in their private or public life who have to hate the media, for it holds a convex lens to their doings. For ordinary people, the media is the voice of the voiceless. As such they have nothing to fear.
S. Raghunatha Prabhu, Alappuzha
In this age of paid news, it is difficult to judge the real face of media houses, which juggle masks of honesty, responsibility and impartiality. It’s difficult to protect oneself from the media’s aggression, but one must remember that at the same time it protects our rights in a unique way. We will therefore oppose any blind rules against the media; people themselves will reject the media’s falsities if they become more open-minded and knowledgeable. Without the media, we are trees without roots. How will we ever absorb the juice of the soil?
Uttam K. Bhowmik, Tamluk