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Another Press Commission

This article, published in the 27 May 1978 issue of EPW, reports on the formation of the second Press Commission right after the Emergency. The article grapples with issues like media ownership and collusion with big business, resonant with present debates over the growing corporate power over media and dwindling press freedom.

Media Watch : Unnecessary Controversy

The Indian media, with all its failings - its editorial policies, or lack of them, its employment policies - it still, perhaps remains the best placed to reflect developments in India's civil society.

The Fourth Estate: Lean Times for Shibboleths

In recent weeks two or three - or may be even four - shibboleths have been reported in the press that invite attention.

Mediawatch: Freedom of Information

While the media debate around the Freedom of Information Bill has focused on the tensions within the government on the issue, the media has not made a strong enough plea for extending public access to official documents and information.

The Fourth Estate

The ministry of information and broadcasting must take a new look at the functioning of the Press Council. As Justice P B Sawant, chairman of the council, has been arguing, the council should be empowered to punish those found guilty. But before that it is necessary to restructure the composition of the council.

The Fourth Estate : Keeping Up with the Media

Justice P B Samant, chairman of the Press Council, has been complaining that the council's judgments on erring newspapers are not reported at all and even this complaint is studiously ignored by the media. Once in a while some newspaper may publish some comment on media behaviour, but systematic media criticism is hardly heard of.

THE FOURTH ESTATE-The Daily Press

The Daily Press Nireekshak WHO is to be believed: The Free Press Journal which published an unsigned article on its editorial page which hinted that China has a "grand design in Bhutan" and is thinking or a "forward leap" again or G K Reddy of The Hindu who hinted that the report of 'repeated Chinese armed incursions" into Bhutan could be "part of the pre-election jitters"? Reddy said in his report which received first kad attention that "all that has happened is that the Tibetan herdsmen had come a little deeper and more extensively into Bhutanese territory this summer across the traditional grazing line' and that "the Bhutanese authorities naturally took up the matter with the Chinese in July and also informed the Government of India about it, since they did not want the Tibetan graziers to enter newer areas and intrude deeper still next year using what happened this summer as a convenient precedent for further encroachment".

Uneasy Truce, What Next

gime, an issue which the British government would like to ignore for the time being. The calculations in influential sections of the British government, in Salisbury and in South Africa are that the conference will fail and that the blame for the failure can be put squarely on the Patriotic Front. The British government will in such a situation go ahead with new elections based on a new Constitution for Zimbabwe. All what the British government wants to do is apparently to give the impression that it has done its best and that it is the 'terrorists' (the term the British Prime Minister uses for the Patriotic Front) who are against any settlement. Muzo- rewa is led to believe that anyhow sanctions will be lifted in November and the internal coalition as it s'ands now would then be well placed to effect a military victory. Any such argument is considered fallacious because sanctions will not in any case produce even middle-term economic benefits of any great substance. About military victory, General Walls, the Commanding Officer of the Rhodesian Army, seems to be much less confident than the Bishop and his supporters in the West.

Speaking Out

Speaking Out Nireekshak THE press is speaking out with increasing firmness. It may be that there is little pressure from the government to suppress news or editorial opinion, though All India Radio and Doordar- shan evidently do not fall into that category. If The Times of India is to he believed

Telling It All

Telling It All Nireekshak IN the light of the Lusaka fiasco, G K Reddy's perceptive study of India's Foreign Service (The Hindu, August 12) is vastly to be commended. Reddy, a long-timer in Delhi, points out the serious gaps in our diplomatic service, noting, in passing, that "there is no country in the world which permits its senior officers to solicit free trips, scholarships, lecture tours and teaching assignments abroad, besides accepting foreign jobs which in many cases have been much inferior to their pre-retirement positions". Reddy's criticism of the diplomatic service is sharp but happily to the point and when he adds that "apart In bringing the parent service into ule, the scramble lor this sort of job hunting and self-promotion has led to a lot of jealousy and recrimination". One hopes the government will take note of it

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