Newsclick Production, November 30,2013
Newsclick in conversation with senior political journalist Paranjoy Guha Thakurta discusses the Election Commission’s recent request to the Centre to ban opinion polls from the date of notification of an election. Paranjoy Guha Thakurta considers it insensible to ban opinion polls for a nation, which believes the freedom of expression to be a fundamental right. He points out to inculcating transparency in the process of conducting opinion polls and disseminating their results as the remedy to this over-reaction. Opinion polls can be and in fact have been manipulated but Thakurta insists that a statutory intervention would be unnecessary if opinion pollsters and the media jointly put together a voluntary code of conduct that everyone adheres to.
Newsclick Production, October 9,2013
Addressing a Conference on the Economy in Crisis organised by the Centre for Policy Analysis, Kamal Morarka says that today in our country we have a social crisis of the highest ranking, besides the economic crisis. Corporate control is all-pervading and is strongly felt. There is a degradation of values in the society. Morarka laments that the present leadership has no vision in taking along the people and shaping the country's future.
Seema Mustafa, Newsclick, January 11, 2013
The Line of Control for the media on both sides is this romantic, dangerous, exciting territory that brings to play by its very mention nationalist jingoism, macho patriotism as we scribes –Indian and Pakistani--struggle to give it a form and substance.
Courtesy: Kevin Gosztola, The Dissenter, April 19, 2012
Seema Mustafa, Newsclick, Nov. 28, 2011
The internet is buzzing with news of peoples protests, opposition to various legislations slated for Parliament, petitions against government oppression, an entirely different world from that reflected in the so called mainstream media through the long, and often very tedious, 24 hours coverage.
The VIP media of editors and proprietors with farm houses and five star book launches covers only VIP politicians, mega scams, corporate honcho successions, sensational rapes, leaving the protesting people of India to fend for themselves. So while television channels are engaged in sensationalizing non events, and generating debates on inconsequential political happenings, the people of India have moved on to the internet, flooding it with petitions, videos, photographs of a reality that has been squeezed out of the so called ‘national’ media altogether. For instance, there was coverage of the peoples protests against the Koodankulam nuclear power project so long as the anchors could dress up the story in sexy garb by pitching the centre against Chief Minister Jayalalitha. It was almost projected as a protest organized by the AIADMK leader in a major distortion of the facts. But there has not been a word in the media about the fact that 3015 persons, including leading activists like Dr S.P.Udayakumar, have been charged now for waging war against the country and sedition by the Tamil Nadu police. The media has disappeared from view, leaving it to activists to launch petition campaigns and seek justice on their own.
Pilgers film (The War You Don't See) while very important is not mainstream media. It can never be as it is too honest, very courageous and brutal in projecting the truth. It will be seen by a handful of persons as compared to the millions who are bombarded with contrived images and manipulated news about the Arab world day after day. The media motto is: convert the lie into a truth by repeating it over and over again. It works as international, and of course national, stereotypes have been created on this basis, completely suffocating the tiny voices of truth. Right and wrong is established through this manipulation, with the definition being determined by the powerful few and not the impoverished many.
Sukumar Muralidharan, BBC Hindi, August 19, 2011
Working class demands get suppressed in the media while Anna Hazare enjoys privileged treatment. What can account for this?
Newsclick Production, 25-July-2011
Editor of The Hoot - a media watchdog website, Sevanti Ninan comments on the differences and similarities between Murdoch's media empire and what exists in India. She is interviewed in the context of the "phone hacking" scandal that has brought media moghul Murdoch in the dock in Britain.
Newsclick Production, 20-Jun-2011
Eminent commentator and rural affairs editor of The Hindu newspaper, P.Sainath speaks to Newsclick on media discourse and other issues related to the "Fourth Estate".
Prabir Purkayastha, Newsclick, June 14, 2011
One of the effects of electronic media is the overwhelming need people have for visual gratification. Be it the political class or the civil society, the need to be in the public eye or more accurately in the camera lens seems to dominate over sensible politics.
P. Sainath, Pragoti, July 10 2010
Pragoti is pleased to publish an interview with P Sainath, renowned journalist (rural affairs editor of the The Hindu) and an expert on rural affairs, development and media by V Sivadasan, All India Joint Secretary, SFI. The interview is wide ranging and delves on various issues such as democratisation of the media, media priorities, ethical journalism, alternate media, agrarian reporting - all passionately dwelt by Sainath, one of the most accomplished journalists in the country.