Media in India

Introduction to Indian media – A general view of the role of media in India – a prospective from pre-independence to the present and the role it had in shaping India’s vibrant and complex demeocracy.

Newspapers ­­– Print media is still an important player in contemporary India. Differently from western economies here newspaper sales are on the up. Another interesting phenomenon is the role vernacular language journalism. The rise in sales of newspaper printed in local languages is riveting. We’ll explore the ups and down of what is an old new media.

Television – Not long ago Doordarshan, India’s Rai 1, was the only TV channel that people watched because there was no alternative. Since early 2000 there has been a proliferation of general and business news channels in more than 30 different languages. This has had an important impact on the rise of a different conscience and values for the country.

Radio – The way you reach out to a country whose people still live predominantly in rural areas where electricity is scattered is radio. However, for a number of different reasons this remains the least developed media sector. News can only be emitted by one radio: The All India Radio. We look at the complexity and importance of the medium in the rise of caste politics.

Online – New Media – Mobile – This is the future in the west but is it really in India? We look at the power the internet has but will also underline its limits. The real revolution is the mobile phone – a small device that has opened a million new doors to nearly 1 billion people.

Social Media – Is the media of India’s new rising middle class. We look at the impact it has had on the rise of the country’s recent anti-corruption movement and the way it is setting the broader news agenda in the country.

Freedom of expression vs Censorship – India is no China. In India individuals are allowed to say what ever they want but something is changing. As the country tries to manage a complex democracy made of many different religious and political creeds it has become increasingly tough to strike a balance over what should and should not be said in the media. Recently the government has asked social media sites such as Youtube and Facebook to remove “offensive” material from the web. Separately, Salman Rushdie, the Indian-origin author, whose book “The Sartanic Verses” is banned in India because it allegedly offends Muslims, was recently not allowed to attend a literary festival in Jaipur because Islamic fundamentalist threatened to kill him. We explore the complexity of managing a free press and maintaining peace in a country with 1,2bn different views.

Ethics – Like in Italy the media isn’t always clean. Political and business interference often bend the truth. We also look at a very Indian phenomenon known as “Paid News” where companies pay to “plant” positive news stories. Plus, the difficulty a young media faces in covering big stories. Mumbai terror attacks as a case study.


DOCENTE: James Fontanella Khan Financial TimesJames 2

James Fontanella-Khan è corrispondente a Bruxelles per il Financial Times, giornale per cui lavora dal 2006.
È stato corrispondente da Mumbai e New Delhi, ha lavorato a Londra nella sezione esteri, e come inviato speciale in Burkina Faso e in Italia. È stato un regolare commentatore su questioni politico-economiche riguardanti l’Italia per BBC World e BBC Radio 5.
Da giornalista freelance ha svolto inchieste e reportage in Birmania, Corea del Sud, Francia, India, Iran, Gran Bretagna e Nepal per riviste e giornali nazionali Italiani ed Inglesi.
Laureato in Economia alla Royal Holloway – University of London (2004), ha un Master in scienze politiche europee, Sciences-Po Paris (2005), e un Master in giornalismo internazionale, City University di Londra.