OUR VISION IS TO ENSURE THAT FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND EXPRESSION IS NOT CURTAILED BY VESTED INTERESTS AND THAT IT IS USED TO EMPOWER THE VULNERABLE SECTIONS OF SOCIETY.
Why is this happening? With the advancement of democracy credibility of media is under strong suspicion. The dignified distance between media and other institutions of democracy has been compromised in the name of development and positivity. During the eighties, there were strong debates among great editors whether media should be a mission or profession? In the nineties, the debate took a different turn that whether media should be secular or so-called cultural nationalist and Hindutva-oriented? Simultaneously the debate of upper caste bias and representation of OBC and Dalit aspirations also emerged on different levels. Media also became the part of liberalization debate which gave a new dimension to media potential and priorities.
In short if the emergency was the greatest challenge before media and it shaped the future course of media action, the nineties threw Mandal, Mandir and Globalization as great churning points before it. Twenty-first Century arrived with great hope and with minimum hangovers of Twentieth Century ideologies. In fact, we have seen the end of ideologies, end of history and emerging clash of civilization and remaking of new world order in the last. In the twenty-first century, media found great challenges in the form of growing intolerance of crony capitalism, communalism and identity politics. Forces representing these tendencies see freedom of media as an impediment to their advancement. That is the reason why either media has surrendered its freedom before the vested interest of corporate powers and political forces or have connived with them. Also, the corporate have formed different political fronts in the name of honesty and people’s interest and they control the media. On the other front old order in the form of caste, gender, and economic bias still exists to challenge the democratic advance.
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