International Seminar on Regulating the Media
April 25 – 26, 2012
Organised by
Young Journalists Association
School of Media Studies
School of Government and International Affairs
Faculty of Science and Humanities

In India freedom of the media is part of the freedom of speech guaranteed by Article 19 (1) (a) of the constitution. However, no freedom can be absolute, and reasonable restrictions can be placed on them. One of the basic tasks of the media is to provide truthful and objective information to the people which will enable them to form rational opinions, which is a sine qua non in a democracy. But is the Indian media performing this role properly?
Any newspaper or television channel has the challenging job of accommodating a wide variety of interests, and there is no point being in denial about this. At one end is the need to cater to a mass of people who seem to be on an endless buying spree, from cars to clothes and everything in between; at the other, the need to rewind them that there are people who cannot buy even one square meal a day. The challenge for media organizations is to get the mix right, without compromising on the essentials of journalism.
The seminar asks the basic question on regulating the media. Is the so-called policing better to come from within the media corporates or in this mad rat-race in the name of the competition it is only essential that the policing be done from the outside?
Day One/ April 25, 2012
Inaugural Function: 9.30 AM to Noon
Theme Address: Challenges to the Media
Panel Discussion (2 PM to 5 PM)
Has Journalism gone haywire?
An examination of recent trends in reporting in the print and electronic media.
Day Two/ April 26, 2012
Panel Discussion (9AM to Noon)
Do Democratic societies need to police the media?
Ethical issues involved in journalism and the question whether the policing of media has to be from the outside.
Valedictory Function: 2 PM to 3.30 PM

Theme Address: Democracy and Media Learning to Co-exist

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