‘Media facing credibility crisis’

The media is facing a huge crisis of credibility, Sashi Kumar, journalist and chairman of the Media Development Foundation that runs the Asian College of Journalism, has said.

He was chairing a session on ‘Media and democracy’ in connection with the Young Scholars Congress that began here on Saturday. Mr. Sashi Kumar said democracy and media were at a crossroads. Democratic values and tenets were being eroded and populism was threatening democracy. Along with that, the idea of a free press was taking a beating. Instead of reflecting the problems of the people, it had started catering to those in power, becoming a propaganda tool and promoting jingoism and chauvnism.

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Mr. Sashi Kumar said the Prime Minister did not engage with the press, and instead spoke directly to his constituency through social media, and the press was left to pick up the pieces. However, the concept of direct democracy was not representative democracy and that could in fact be a threat to democracy.

Citing the government’s threat of invoking the Official Secrets Acts against The Hindu, he said the century-old Act was being invoked by morally indignant forces claiming threats to the nation despite the fact that the RTI Act effectively superseded most of the draconian provisions of the Official Secrets Acts.

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