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Young Bites. Dated: 10/10/2017 10:58:48 AM

Democracy is a government of the people, for the people and by the people and which gives equal chance to all the citizens to participate and play a significant role in the political process, ensures and guarantees certain rights and freedoms to the people constituting the policy. It is a form of government which is subject to popular sovereignty. Of the fundamental freedoms that the citizens enjoy, freedom of speech and expression is one of the most important ones as it gives substance and meaning to ‘participation’ of the people. Freedom of speech and expression subject to reasonable restrictions is a fundamental right guaranteed by the Indian Constitution. India celebrates its freedom of press which has been played an important role in the evolution of the Indian society over the decades. The freedom of speech is bolstered by the Right to Information. The role of the media is not only to disseminate information but also to help the society form opinions and make sound decisions. In this manner, the media plays an important role in governance of the nation. Being a democratic country, where the decision of the masses is supreme, mass media is in instrumental in ensuring that the people make informed decisions. Further, it is through the media that the masses are able to voice their opinions. Appreciation of the role of the media in good governance is essential to societal development. Power of speech is a bliss to man. It is a pleasure to listen to people and to express the feelings of one and another on good things. Media plays a vital role in part of each and every human shall be discussing about the issues relating to the responsibilities of the media in good governance, thus media has become more powerful and prominent. In India, media have played a significant role by providing information to the citizens about social and economic evils. Of course, a citizen cannot personally gather and collect information to form his/her opinions even though having reasonable restrictions as provided in Art.19 (2) of the constitution. Freedom of speech can be restricted only in the interests of the security of state, friendly relations with the foreign states, public order, decency or morality, or in relation to contempt of court, defamation or incitement to an offence. It cannot be curtailed, like the freedom to carry on business. Yes, the press and media in India are absolutely free by praising the ruling party and getting the tender ads. Of our government or twisting the censorious new items which impacts a celebrity or a party and get a massive pay off from the side that benefits from the twisted version. Further deliberates about the constitutional aspects about the freedom of press and media, about the censorship pertaining to press that has been highly aroused among the people. The Media serves as a medium of exercise of freedom of speech. So great as its influence that it’s called as ‘fourth estate’. Since the word ‘media’ is encompassing today’s world, the paper shall be discussing about the issues relating to the responsibilities of the medias in our democratic system of governance.


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