I normally avoid subjects linked to politics and religion. And like most of us i am a victim of it’s excesses in the media. And I wonder why we can’t have some impossed restrictions if self restraint is absent.
I used to feel miserable to see an arrogant tv face of my favorite newspaper group annoy the sh..t out of me by what I believe, paid actors running amok on the channel.
And I was relieved that he probably would have been exposed and many people have moved out of that channel. I do peek occasionally in the hope that the newspaper group which used to carry RK Laxmon’s common man, showed him the door. But he is still there, exploiting the freedom but without any restraint, self or otherwise.
Then the Malayalam news channel, managed by my friends, shocking me with the pretender to the above English counterpart who misused the freedom granted to him by idolising a woman facing some 36 criminal charges and confessing as the official po..n thing, and using a suspect letter to take revenge on the chief minister of the state!!
The only consolation is that these channels are losing out on viewership and the second one getting the nickname connected to their misplaced heroine.
The above may be dismissed as personal opinions and feeling, but:
India ranks only 133rd in press freedom. And I am confused! What if the rank is improved? Or is the evaluating agency using their own version of the misguided freedom!!!