Today is World Press Freedom Day and the media catastrophe in India is something that makes Indian media stand on the 142nd position in data of freedom ranking 2021. The Indian media is certainly turning into an economic giant. The business turnover of Indian media is surprisingly exceeding one percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) and matches the economic size of many individual industries in India. However, while growing economically the freedom for press or media in India is also getting suppressed.
So today we decided to list down 5 recent incidents that will give you a clear idea of the credibility of Indian media.
1. Indian Government trying to silence the outrage on social media over the mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic in the Country.
These were 2 tweets GoI got deleted.
What & where is the “misinformation”?
Please do share . Let’s see how truth can be deleted. pic.twitter.com/TDdBTFaKZz
— Mahua Moitra (@MahuaMoitra) April 25, 2021
In the recent development, the Indian government tried to shut the mouth of the people who criticized them for mismanagement and mishandling the pandemic. People from all over the country went on Facebook and Twitter to criticize the covid-19 catastrophe in the country. According to reports, dozens of tweets and posts were deleted and blocked by Facebook and Twitter. However, the unsettling part here is that the government had asked to block all those tweets and post which shares any negative piece of information on Covid in India. And by negative, they also meant to block and delete those tweets which were sharing information related to Covid resources. Having said that, Facebook and Twitter also restored them later saying it was just a small mistake.
2. India Today took Anchor Rajdeep Sardesai off-air, cuts month’s salary for the retracted tweet.
Rajdeep Sardesai taken off-air by India Today over unverified tweets, faces one month salary cut.
Just curious. What did Sweta Singh face for her 2000-rupee chip report? https://t.co/pvnjFKqxhj
— Parth MN (@parthpunter) January 28, 2021
Amid all the chaos of the coronavirus pandemic, we have almost forgotten about the ongoing farmers’ protest. In Jan, when all the media houses were covering the protest, one of the senior journalists and popular tv news anchors Rajdeep Sardesai had managed to grab all the limelight. In a tweet and on-air remark that he later redacted, Sardesai had said that the Delhi Police shot the farmer who died during the tractor rally, a claim that several farmers had made. However, Delhi police had denied all such claims and said that he died in an accident. Further, these 2 different reasons gave rise to outrage against the India Today reporter and Journalist Rajdeep Sardesai on social media. Thus, India Today decided to take Rajdeep Sardesai off-air and cut his one month’s salary too.
3. News channel compares oxygen shortage to ‘Seat Shortage’ in elections.
Watch: ABP News compares votes to oxygen during election result coveragehttps://t.co/DjnhvLlUT8
— scroll.in (@scroll_in) May 2, 2021
As our country is battling against the novel coronavirus and its second wave, some news channels were busy telecasting and covering only the state assemble election. However, ABP news was one that crossed the thin line between creativity and insensitivity. While covering the election, the news anchor went on to compare the shortage of oxygen to the shortage of seats in the election. She also described the Congress party being supported on ventilator and TMC getting all the oxygen. This level of insensitivity and weird unusual comparison really makes us think about whether Indian Media is for real or just a bad trip?
4. Investigative journalist Rana Ayyub says the Indian Government is hiding real numbers of deaths per day.
A very large part of our Media is hellbound to report stats and news which the ruling party of our nation wants them to report on. There are several allegations against the Godi-Media of falsifying the actual numbers of deaths that occurred due to Covid. Rana Ayyub in an interview had also said that her tweets had been deleted because she was trying to report and bring out the actual number of deaths. Her phone number was leaked on social media because she was trying to do something that other journalists couldn’t have the guts to do which was to report the actuality of India’s covid disaster.
5. Arnab Goswami asking people to be positive and self-reliant instead of asking questions to the government on handling the pandemic.
On #WorldPressFreedomDay, a look at anchors who are freely sucking up to power. Even as a pandemic ravages through India, no questions asked of the PM and his govt that's accountable.
— Manisha Pande (@MnshaP) May 3, 2021
The managing director and editor-in-chief of Republic Media Network Arnab Goswami is always the talk of the town these days. Sometimes due to his reporting and sometimes due to his lack of reporting. He is considered to be one of the most loyal journalists of the government and not of the people. Having said that, the entire nation is suffering because of the second wave of Covid, and people just can’t stop blaming the government for the lack of oxygen, medicines, and vaccines. But in the parallel universe, our favorite journalist Arnab Goswami has something else to say instead of questioning the government.
So what do you guys think about Indian Media? Is it credible?