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‘Sections of media work for corporate interests’

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Pinarayi Vijayan launches Deshabhimani in city

— Photo: Bhagya Prakash K.

CPI(M) politburo member Pinarayi Vijayan launching the Bangalore edition of Deshabhimani in Bangalore on Monday.

BANGALORE: Communist Party of India (Marxist) politburo member and party’s Kerala State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan launched the Bangalore edition of Deshabhimani, the Malayalam daily, here on Monday.

Speaking at the function, Mr. Vijayan emphasised on the need to preserve freedom of the media. “The Western world wishes to involve itself and thereby control the Indian media, and powerful lobbies are heading in this direction. Free media must find ways to resist these forces,” he said. He added that presently a large section of the Indian media runs on corporate interests, and therefore fails to reflect the truth.

This is the eighth edition of the 63-year-old newspaper, currently published out of six centres in Kerala and one in Bahrain.

The newspaper bears the legacy of being an integral part of the early communist movement in Kerala.

Mr. Vijayan said that only a newspaper run on idealistic grounds like the Deshabhimani can truly expose religious violence and social inequalities that plague society today.

The launch was preceded by about two hours of cultural programmes by young children. This included folk dance forms in Malayalam and Kannada, and a few Bollywood numbers thrown in for good measure.

E.P. Jayaraj, General Manager, Deshabhimani, announced that the newspaper was already poised to start a ninth edition in the Malappuram region in Kerala.

CPI(M) Karnataka State Secretary V.J.K. Nair, who chose to deliver his address first in Kannada and then in Malayalam, said it was a dream come true to see the release of a Bangalore edition of this “value-based and idealistic” newspaper.

“But my dream is to see the Deshabhimani being printed out of centres in Karnataka in the local language,” he added.

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