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Whose News Is It Anyway

Whose News Is It Anyway? G P D IT was not very long ago that the grand media conference took place in New Delhi, The media of the nun-aligned, for the non-aligned, by the non-aligned. The West, i e, the imperialists, is forever distorting the rosy picture in the third world. The developing world is a victim of an in-built bias against them. All those news agencies are totally unmindful of what excellent things the various kind and benevolent rulers in the developing world are dishing out to their captive subjects. Oh no, these new agencies must be asked to behave. Since this is not possible, have our own approach to media. Let the developing world get its due share of the news and views. The Akashvani started its own news of the developing world (to be heard at noon time). The north-south news divide was about to be bridged. Down with all those umpteen news agencies of the Western world which publish nothing but lies, distortions, frauds, and what have you! Against this background, some recent coverage of China by our own PTI deserves notice. To begin with, it needs to be stated that the PTI coverage of China is qualitatively no different from what all those blessed news agencies from the despicable West have got to say about the developing world. It is news, albeit of a doubtful variety. There is as much, if not more, of Views', 'prejudice', 'bias', and so on mixed in this news as there would be in, shall we say Reuters or UNI or AFP or AP (and so on) coverage of India's foreign policy. One does not know, however, who is doing the mixing in the PTT. When it comes to the Americans or the British we seem to know, or claim to know, all the origins and sources of the news. As regards the PTI one does not know if it is entirely native wisdom or there is somebody talking a little shrill between the lines. But there it is.

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