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The Indian Media How Credible?

Investigative Reporting in India and the Indian Express

By :  Dr Francis Arackal


ISBN :  978-81-7108-7532
Total Pages :  336
Price: Rs.250

Journalism in India is no longer a vocation, but a profession catering mainly to the interests of the rich, the famous and the powerful. Mushrooming of magazines with sole profit motive has only added to the ignorance of the people, and not their enlightenment. Twenty-four hours TV news perhaps has become more a curse than a blessing. The new motto seems to be to serve the big business and the government, not the people and society. Often the press creates a smoke-screen to hide its real objective and beguiles people into thinking in a manner it wants them to. The frequent terrorist attacks, the perceived divisions in Indian society based on caste, religion and region are swa

About The Author

Dr. Francis Arackal is a professor of Media and Philosophy. He did his postgraduate studies in Media from Griffith College Dublin and obtained a Doctorate in Social Sciences specializing in Print Media from the Gregorian and St. Thomas Universities in Rome. His higher studies in Ireland and Rome and media work have taken him to many countries. As a freelance journalist he has been contributing to newspapers and periodicals. He brings to bear on the writing of Indian Media: How Credible? his vast multi-faceted experience in abundant measure. He is also the author of two other books: Thoughts for the Upper Room and From the Upper Room to the Altar of the World. For more details about the author visit: www.farackal.org

Book Review:

Decline in Media Standards Media teacher and scholar Dr. Francis Arackal in his latest book The Indian Media: How Credible? highlights the general decline in media standards in India. An exception to this is the patch work of investigative reporting done by two media units such as The Indian Express and Tehelka. The subtitle of the book Investigative Reporting in India and the Indian Express is a pointer to this. The main thesis in this book: The journalistic standard of mainstream media in India is on the decline. The author has paraphrased the words of Aamir Khan, an iconic Indian actor, who too sees The Indian Express and to some extent Tehelka as exceptions to this general decline. Overall the research concludes: The Press in India is Free; Investigative Reporting is a Public Service; People in India Consider Investigative Reporting a Public Service; Investigative Reporting More Important in India than other democracies because of rampant corruption and shameful societal pr
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