Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Media bias in South Asia

Clearly the Indian media is what the media under Obama has been in the United States. It is tilted towards one side. However Indian media is verily quite sick and need to be cured of its anti native people approach. Unfortunately current Indian media is one of the most treacherous factors in fanning unrests and riots propagated by the politicians of anti India parties who exploit religious minorities and use them for vote bank and this is all without any check and control. India being the largest democracy of the world, must have an open media but not one that is abusing its own people.  Some TV networks are so viscerally opposed to the PM that they no longer attempt to hide their bias.

Claims of Media bias in South Asia attract constant attention. The question of bias in South Asian media is also of great interest to people living outside of South Asia. Some accusations of media bias are motivated by a disinterested desire for truth, some are politically motivated. Media bias occurs in television, newspapers, school books and other media.
There have been claims that the history of the Islamic invasion and its atrocities on India is being systematically whitewashed and censored in Indian school-books and in other media. The misreporting on Gujarat was not only biased but it was disproportionate and mostly to defame Mr Modi whereas the instigators were members of Congress party who initiated the mob attacks on Hindus.
Many media stations in India provided vast coverage of the Gujarat Riots in 2002 in which  Muslims & Hindus were murdered but have often failed to report on the persecution of Hindus in Muslim-dominated Jammu & Kashmir. There are also denials of the fact that Indians in general and Hindus in particular are being ethnically cleansed in Kashmir. With regard to the 2002 Gujarat violence, some commentators have pointed out a disregard for factual reporting on the part of what they term "left-liberal" newspapers.
There are serious demographic issues regarding the minority non-Islam population in Pakistan. The Christian, Hindu, and Sikh populations have gone from 23% to 2% in the period 1947-1997. International rights groups, like the Center for Indian Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, call this ethnic cleansing and accuse the media of not informing the public about these issues.
There are also allegations by Amnesty International that the local media some times glosses over reports of persecution against the non-Islamic population in Pakistan.
Sri Lanka
The government of Sri Lanka has been accused of controlling the media. Measures like the Public Security Ordinance and the Sixth Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution have been accused of limiting a reporters freedom.
The Public Security Ordinance (PSO) law is often applied liberally when the government applies emergency regulations. This is quite often as Sri Lanka has been ruled under Emergency for a cumulative total of over 20 years since it gained independence from the British. The Saturday Review, the English paper published in Jaffna and the Aththa, the Communist Sinhala language daily were banned in the early eighties under the PSO. When the Aththa was banned its press was also sealed. In the seventies, the government sealed the printing press of the Independent Newspapers Ltd. (Davasa Group) by using the emergency regulations.