Role Of Media In India

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The media in India is mostly self-regulated. The existing bodies for regulation of media such as the Press Council of India, which is a statutory body, and the News Broadcasting Standards Authority, a self-regulatory organization, issue standards which are more in the nature of guidelines.

The law
Article 19 of the Indian constitution guarantees Right to freedom of speech and expression. Right to freedom of press is also included in the right to freedom of expression. However, this right is not absolute. Article 19 (2) adds the rider that this freedom can be subjected to “reasonable restrictions… in the interests of the sovereignty and integrity of India, the security of the State, friendly relations with foreign States, public
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By informing the citizenry of what its government and other centres of power are doing, the media becomes itself an integral part of the political process. By monitoring the centres of power-political, economic, and social—the media functions to keep them in check. The second role of the media involves an educational function. It includes reporting on and promoting discussion of ideas, opinions, and truths toward the end of social refinement of those ideas, opinions and truths. In this role the media follows the tradition of the town meeting. Third, the media functions as a utility, a conduit of information about what is happening. It operates as the society’s “bulletin board.” The fourth function is social or cultural. The media holds up a mirror to society and reflects the kind of people we are, shows us our heroes and villains, recalls our shared values. We must now examine each of these in more…show more content…
We have hitherto considered only two possibilities; that the received opinion may be false, and some other opinion, consequently, true; or that, the received opinion being true, a conflict with the opposite error is essential to a clear apprehension and deep feeling of its truth. But there is a commoner case than either of these; when the conflicting doctrines, instead of being one true and the other false, share the truth between them; and the nonconforming opinion is needed to supply the remainder of the truth, of which the received doctrine embodies only a part..

Human understanding of complex social, moral, and political principles or ideals is always halting and incomplete. No individual can possess all the insight and wisdom necessary to build a just state. Even if one could, the partial understanding of others would have to be improved if they are to participate in a democratic state. Our best hope for deepening insight and refining understanding, Mill is claims, is through open, public and rigorous
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