Daily Archives: 12 May 2008

‘Indian MSM preoccupied with urban issues’

“Today’s media, especially the mainstream media, are preoccupied with urban issues and the lifestyles of the rich and the affluent. This urban bias manifests itself in varied ways, whether it is in the print or in the electronic media, depending on their owners and managers.

“For such a market-driven media, the problems of the common man or of the rural poor are not matters of serious concern. It is said that the marketing managers, and not the Editors, decide the policy of many newspapers today. This is a matter of concern.”

Somnath Chatterjee, speaker of the lower house of India’s parliament, at a speech in Hyderabad on 11 May 2008

Read the extended text: For a new deal to the rural poor