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Noam Chomsky's comment on media in Pakistan and India

   

Sir,

In his recent interview to Indiaís Outlook magazine (1 November 2010), Noam Chomsky, after having spent three weeks in India and a week in Pakistan, has compared the Engish language media between the two contries. Noam Chomsky an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, and political activist found media in Pakistan more open, free and vibrant than that in India....

He wrote, ìIn Pakistan, I read the English language media, which go to a tiny part of the populationî, said Mr. Chomsky and went on. ìApparently, the government, no matter how repressive it is, is willing to say to them that you have your fun we are not going to bother you. So they donít interfere with it.î

Turning towards Indiaís media Mr. Chomsky said that ìThe media in India is free, the government doesnít have the power to control it. But what I saw was that it was pretty restricted, very narrow and provincial and not very informative, leaving out lots of things.î

In the same issue of the Outlook magazine, Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, a columnist, wrtiting under the heading Cut-Rate Democracy has this to write: ìIn recent times, however, corruption in the Indian media has gone way beyond individuals and specific media organisations ñ from ëplantingí information and spinning views in lieu of favours received in cash or kind ñ to institutionalised and organised forms of corruption wherein newspapers and TV channels receive funds for publishing or broadcasting information that is sought to be disguised as ënewsí ñ but are actually designed to favour particular individuals, corporate entities, representative of political parties or cash-rich candidates contesting elections.î

They say media is the watchdog of democracy!




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