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MediaVigil condemns the political assassination of Gauri Lankesh

MediaVigil's petition on monstrous killings of journalists in UP, MP & other States

To Shri Bhagat Singh Koshyari Hon’ble Chairperson Parliamentary Petitions Committee Parliament of India New Delhi Through Shri Alok Mani Tripathi, Committee Officer Date: 24th June, 2015 Subject- Monstrous killings of journalists in UP, MP & other States Dear Shri Koshyariji & Hon’ble Members of the Committee, This is to draw your immediate attention towards the monstrous killings of journalists in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh in particular and similar plight of journalists in general across the country which has been ignored by the central and state governments. We submit that according to Reporters Without Borders, India’s ranking remains low at 136 in the World Press Freedom Index (WPFI) 2015 that provides ranking for 180 countries. It is increasing evident that India falls in the category of countries which has "partially free media". It remains one of the most restrictive plac…

TRAI Report on Media Ownership: Occupation of media by 'natural' market forces

Note: The trend of occupation of media by 'natural' market forces has been unfolding for quite a while. Indeed "media regulation" is "essentially a bargain between power brokers in the media and the competing elements within the political domain" amidst "concentration of ownership". Hasn't TRAI recommended something like a Third Press Commission “headed by a retired Supreme Court judge” to examine the structural changes in the media landscape? 
First Press Commission was set up Nehru Govt. The Second Press Commission set up by Morarji Govt and reconstituted by India Gandhi Govt. There was a demand for the 3rd Press Commission which Dr Manmohan Singh government agreed to it. It sought its Terms of Reference twice from Kuldeep Nayar but failed to set it up. The Parliamentary Standing Committee (PSC) on Information Technology in its report in 2013 has observed on cross-media ownership and its adverse impact on "democratic structure”. Besides …