Military Mass Media Analysis

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Military–News Media Relations: An Overview
The military and the media are two essential pillars that hold up democracy and sovereignty of a nation. However, the relationship between the armed forces of any nation and its mass media has always been an uneasy one due to the dichotomy in requirements and philosophies of the two institutions. Though we see a general cordiality in relations – especially during war or aggression due to patriotic fervor – the overall relationship is something that could be desired for. While the armed forces have always believed in secrecy and isolation from public scrutiny, the media has always believed in revealing facts and exposing falsity of government actions and policies. However, since the days of the First
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It has been perceived that with a stronger comity of nations and undeniable interdependencies of nations for mutual development, the chances of an all-out ‘Armageddon-istic’ war leading to Mutually Assured Destruction or even to the annexation of a country are slim. The effect of war has become limited. – from conventional wars that can trigger total annihilation to limited and even operations ‘other than war’ such as counter insurgency and anti-terrorist operations. As these conflicts do not pose any threat to the survival of a state, it often becomes necessary for the government and the military to take extra effort to educate the population about the whys and wherefores of the activity and drive home the point that such activity is essential to protect state interests or to further them. Thus, it becomes imperative for the military to ‘sell’ its overarching plans to the people as the scenario has now changed from providing “automatic support for the state in the common interest, to a state of discretionary choice. In the absence of any direct threat to national survival, the citizen will have the luxury of making up his or her own mind on the merits of any…show more content…
These should precede, accompany and follow the employment of security forces during counterinsurgency operations. Notwithstanding the dangers of the political component of psychological operations turning into an instrument serving the needs of the political party in power, the armed forces still need to ensure that these become an integral part of counter insurgency efforts. The beginning towards this end is for the Indian military to develop a more open policy in expanding communication and developing a closer working relationship with the news media, which is not very mature at the moment. In a counter insurgency environment, the combating armed forces must capitalize professional human assets such as reporters and news media editors to conceptualize, plan and coordinate psychological

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