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‘Paid news'

This refers to the article by P. Sainath, “The Empire strikes back — and how!” (OP-ED, Aug. 5). The roots of our society are being weakened gradually by striking at the very institutions which uphold Indian culture and its ethos. The concept of ‘paid news' introduced by some newspaper has put the Indian media in an embarrassing situation. Equally embarrassing is the position taken by the Press Council of India, which is supposed to guard it from getting affected adversely.

Vinod Kumar,

Thiruvananthapuram

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The lone voice of P. Sainath speaks again on the issue of the Fourth Estate's duties and responsibilities at a time when the players noisily insist on exercising only their rights to unbridled freedom of speech. It is not surprising that the Press Council of India has swept the issue of ‘paid news' under the carpet. Barring a few, Indian media houses are devoid of any form of social responsibility except perhaps of the ‘elite' kind. The electronic media prove everyday that they are incapable of regulating themselves. No wonder some foreign media have termed our channels ‘ raptor-like.' I look forward to a time when 24X7 news channels are banned. We have waited inordinately long for the news cartel to exercise self-restraint.

R. Swarnalatha,

New Delhi

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Kudos to The Hindu for its valiant fight against the culture of ‘paid news.' Going by the article, the action of the Press Council of India (PCI) in keeping the report of the sub-committee in to cold storage is tragic, anarchic and unbecoming of its stature. It sabotaged the trust reposed by the people of this nation. What is the way out for citizens when the PCI and the media too fail?

Araveeti Ramayogaiah,

Hyderabad

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