Press needs dignity, respect

Published on May 03, 2015 01:34:07 AM
From the time man discovered his ability to communicate with his species, he decided to rule the world with his words and deeds. The Ancient Greek and Roman stone tablets were one of the first means of expression of dialect. Next came the Chinese scrolls, the Ancient Indians wrote on palm leaves and soon the discovery of papyrus and soon paper led to the modern age of press and journalism.

Whether on stone, scrolls or paper, the purpose of writing has always been to, communicate, to make a record and to be the medium of instruction between the ruler (king) and the people (citizens).

As times change, the role of the informer (press) has evolved. According to the political scenario at that given time, the press played the role of the mediator, the reporter and the informer. News was always about the elite list of politicians, kings, society leaders, celebrities, government employees. The laws, the amendments, updates of agendas. Most of the time, the press was controlled by the strong men and political leaders of the country. It was a mouthpiece, through which they sought an audience to their policies.

But times changed, royalty was dethroned and democracy raised its head and so did the Press raise its voice. It was now an instrument of challenge and change. People’s views on government policies, their pain and hunger were given utmost importance. The role of Press played a crucial role in overthrowing dictators, destroying autocracy and bringing the power back to the people.

The press all over the world today have the privilege of being the most respected institutions. Whether it is politicians, government, celebrities, business, or common man, they all depend greatly on the Press for the promotion and publicity of their profession and personal lives. 

Yet the Press is not truly free! 
It is faced with challenges at every step. News is filtered at every level, for the benefit of those with deeper pockets, stronger personal agendas, or stronger ammunition. The freedom of expression has come at a very heavy price. At the other end of the coin stand a very strong point, that the press has become liquidated. That a few rich businessmen and policy makers actually control the world, politics, trade and terrorism with the help of Press that, the world we perceive is controlled by a few rich men who play the media game.

The truth remains that just like every other profession Journalism is a privilege which comes with great responsibility. To write with passion and purpose, to awaken the mass of the nation with a clear intention, it is the hand of the creator that guides such actions. Today the need of the hour is pure information and good guidance. People need to know the truth about the politicians they elect. The politicians need to be aware of the needs of the people.

Citizens of a country need to know each other, the business they do, the institutions they seek, the world of finance and market, environmental hazards, spirituality and awareness campaigns, what benefits them and what is harmful.

Therefore the role of Press has never been stronger than today! Today the Press stands at a summit where it is the watchful eagle that has its sight set on every target that moves towards making news. To spread its wings across global realisation by helping people connect, and bring dignity and honour to the institution called journalism.

As the Fourth Estate, Indian Journalism has come a long way in shaping India through its long journey of freedom struggle, political chaos, scams and metro Journalism. With every power comes great responsibility and with every word that you write you are making a point in history. A legacy that you leave behind in words.

The first successful English daily, the Daily Courant, was published from 1702 to 1735
India has more than 70,000 newspapers it is the biggest newspaper market in the world - over 100 million copies sold each day The first major newspaper in India-the Bengal Gazette-was started in 1780 under the British Raj by James Augustus Hickey