ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Not a Numbers Game

Not a Numbers Game Nireekshak ONE of the many freedoms that the countries of the so-called 'free world' are supposed to cherish is the 'freedom of the Press'. How effective is this freedom in practice? An interesting answer to this question has come from the Prime Minister of Sweden, believed to he, not without justification, among the freest of the 'free world' countries. According to Olaf Palme: "Mass media in all Western industrialised countries are in reality controlled by a few. In general this power structure in the moulding of public opinion is closely connected with the capitalistic power structure in general." This remark of the Swedish Prime Minister should be instructive to some of our pro-West intellectuals who swear by the democratic freedoms which are supposed to flourish in the Western countries, Surely, Olaf Palme cannot be dubbed a communist. And Sweden is perhaps the one Western country which has an elaborate Press law which confers special rights, including the right of access to all public documents, on those who work for newspapers.

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