This week, host Basant Kumar is joined by The Quint’s reporter Himanshi Dahiya, founder of Main Media Tanzil Asif and senior journalist from ETV Bihar Umesh Pandey.
In view of the World Press Freedom Day, the panel discusses the state of media in India, and the challenges staring it. The conversation is stirred by an acknowledgement of the recent decline in India’s press freedom ranking and the government's subsequent denial on the subject.
Himanshi takes us through her experiences as a mediaperson and emphasises that media spaces only have a faint presence of women, while men still dominate the landscape. “The male gaze and dominance are still pervasive in the media.”
Tanzil shares his experience of doing hyper-local journalism, and its hazards in contrast with the mainstream media. He recounts the fears that accompany matters involving local representatives, who often pressure journalists. While Tanzil talks about the onslaught on press freedom, Umesh explains his circumstances as a local journalist in Bihar and how his ground reports led to the filing of FIRs against him.
This and a lot more, Tune in!
00:00:00 - Introduction
00:02:36 - Press Freedom
01:02:42 - Recommendations
Produced by Tehreem Roshan, recorded by Anil Kumar, and edited by Umrav Singh.
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