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End to News Management

End to News Management? Nireekshak THE relationship between the Prime Minister and the Press lost its liveliness with the death of Nehru, whose monthly meetings with the journalists were stimulating and provocative and made excellent copy. Few liked to miss them and they had grown into an institution over the years. Nehru did not resent criticism; he took it in his stride except on rare occasions. Nehru did not have a Press Adviser, for he did not need one. After the Lal Bahadur Shastri interregnum (he did not have a Press Adviser either), news management and 'image-building' came to be perfected as part of the functioning of the Prime Minister's secretariat which was steadily growing into a super cabinet. Indira Candhi, who was information and broadcasting minister before being chosen Prime Minister, got herself a Press Adviser and also a deputy to assist him. On the day she was elected, she was; asked at her first press conference if she would revive her father's practice of meeting the Press every month. Perhaps more frequently than that, she had said. Those press conferences began well, but in a few months they began to pall because she had less and less to say. They became irregular, and infrequent, and were not held at all during the later two years of her reign.

Villains and Heroes

pipe gun, strung low across their neck, which was their major instrument of policy. This scum was invited into the corridors of power, provided with lucre and logistical support, and encouraged to terrorise ordinary men and women, all in the name of socialism and service to the poor. It was a fantastic exhibition of coldblooded unscrupulousness.

Redundant Code

organised by the Committee on December 18. The same day the far Left also held a separate rally demanding the release of the arrested activists. The agitation of the French soldiers has led to deep fissures in the national political spectrum bringing into sharper relief the shades of differences among the far Left, traditional Left, Centre, Right and the ultra-Right positions. The new 'pragmatic' orientation of the French Communist Party's policies can pay the desired electoral dividends in future only if it helps the party consolidate its left base and gain grounds among the centrists. The army agitation, however, is acting as a centrifugal force and, thus, tending to queer the Communist Party's pitch

Strong Potion

December 27, 1975 datum, line (PDL), only in the case of one company

From Delinking to Restructuring

look as if Netas MPLA is the most national of the three liberation organisations. It is also possible that if the Angolan problem were to be solved without any outside interference, the MELA might make it. But then that is patently impossible. It is naive to hope that outside interference will disappear. The Angolan liberation movement will have to solve the contradictions within it or else face unnecessary bloodshed, a military stalemate and; finally, de facto if not de jure partition.

Place for a Tabloid

November I, 1975 ever, the West German central bank, the Bundesbank, has already pointed out that the share of the socialist countries in total trade credits is rather high, Another source of credits for East Europe are banking consortia whose members refinance themselves through the domestic market In this case, interest rates will be a problem since the banks concerned raise their resources mostly through medium and long term savings deposits.

THE FOURTH ESTATE- Verghese Case

October 4, 1975 the Front leaders said: "Sadat has become known for his despicable leaning towards a capitulationist settlement and his desire to throw himself in America's lap." (Al Hadaf July 25, 1975). At the same time, they regard the involve, ment of the US in the accord as a 'betrayal' of the Aral; masses and of Arab unity.

Imports Not the Basic Problem

Nireekshak IF Hickey's Bengal Gazette is taken as the starting point, the Indian Press will be 200 years old in January 1980. But the Indian Press is still an uncertain giant

Press Council s Teeth Pulled Out

Press Council's Teeth Pulled Out ? Nireekshak THE budget session of Parliament ended without the promised bill to reform the Press Council being brought forward. The life of the present Council, already extended twice, will expire in December 1975. It is very unlikely that the proposed bill will be passed and a new Council created before then. The report of the informal committe op MPs Is the only progress in the direction of reforming the Council. But the committee's recommendations make a mockery of the principle of self-regulation which is suppossed to underlie the fun Honing of the Council.

Kept News Agencies

cent rather than the legal maximum of 20 per cent on which workmen had very much set their hearts. But, in the obtaining situation, the agreement was hailed unanimously and enthusiastically by the workers and the leadership.

Delinking, Diffusion and All That

Delinking, Diffusion and All That Nireekshak THE seminar season is yet to taper off in the capital where the ban on the use of air conditioners has been lifted well Before the onset of what may be a fiery summer. Time-honoured slogans about the price-page schedule, delinking of newspapers from big business, and diffusion of newspaper ownership were dutifully chanted at the seminar on newspaper economics organised on April 12 by the Indian Federation of Working Journalists. The day-long seminar turned out to be a marathon public meeting; there was no systematic discussion and the papers circulated were poor rehashes of the Bhabatosh Dutta Committee's report on newspaper economics, and the premium was on ministerial speeches. The fact was that the IFWJ

Ghost Press

enough for the airlines of the Middle East and South-East Asia to conform blindly to the oligopolistic whims of the You can even think of from the Conference Ship- ping Lines dominated and manipulated by the imperialists colonialists, but other nations of the Third World do not owe it to you not to start their own independent Conference Line. As Biilie Holiday sang the blues, way back in the forties, lover-boy, these other nations will get by, reasonably well, without you.

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