The Indian media @75 is politically imprisoned and shackled by profit


Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s lockdown speech of 24 March 2020 gave a nation of 1.4 billion people four hours to shut itself down. It would devastate hundreds of millions of livelihoods within days. Minutes after Modi’s speech, his government listed the essential services that would remain operational through the lockdown. Refreshingly, they included “print and electronic media, telecommunications, internet services, broadcasting and cable services.” 

In the next few months, major media houses, mostly corporate-owned or controlled, sacked nearly three thousand journalists. They achieved much of this by extracting “voluntary resignations and retirements.” The classification of media as an essential service did not save a single job. Or life. COVID-19 killed at least seven hundred journalists in the first twenty months of the pandemic…