Reporting has lost its sheen and purpose. The article “The death of the reporter” (Jan. 21) is a reflection on the alacrity with which news is made and served in the television studios of media houses. As unfortunate viewers, we are force-fed on prime-time discussions that are tailored to suit the promoter’s interests and points of view.
Commercialisation has left us with a skewed understanding of news. As the article suggests, it is time reforms were brought in to rein in the unchecked manipulation of news.
I read the article with interest although the language was very difficult to follow. Only towards the end, did it become clear that reporters face continuous interference from editors and owners of newspapers, which curtails their freedom to report things as they see them.
Control of the media (both print and electronic) is exercised by not only corporates or pseudo editors but also political parties. This is evident in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra, to name a few States. The influence is particularly obvious during and after elections.
People are confused and do not know which piece of news is correct. Can they buy all available newspapers or see all television news channels? I would like to commend The Hindu at this juncture for reporting facts in an objective and unbiased manner.
P. Harshavardhan Reddy,