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7) “Our Republic and its Press will rise and fall together” – J. Pulitzer. In light of above statement, comment on whether stringent laws will check the menace of fake news.

Topic: Attitude: social influence and persuasion; Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance; Laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance
 
7) “Our Republic and its Press will rise and fall together” – J. Pulitzer. In light of above statement, comment on whether stringent laws will check the menace of fake news. (150 Words)

Why this question?

Freedom of press and role of press is constantly under scrutiny. Fake news has been a menace and government, news groups, ISPs etc are all brainstorming on how to check the menace of fake news.

Key demand of the question:

Your view on the quote is to be given on whether press is as critical as it is made out to be. Next, we will discuss whether laws are sufficient to check the menace or whether the problem has become so deep rooted that one has to instil attitudinal change to check fake news. Here we can discuss the effectiveness of laws, rules and regulations and how effective is their persuasive value.

Directive Word:

 Comment – you have to pick main points which are significance of press in the future of any republic whether laws are sufficient in bringing attitudinal change, also whether laws can catch up with technology. Effectiveness of laws, rules and regulations vs change in moral consciousness should also be commented upon. Associated impact on freedom of speech also needs to be commented on

Structure of Answer:

Introduction – Explain the quote and the menace of fake news

Body – Present your views with examples on the main points discussed above.

Conclusion – Your view along with way forward such as self censorship etc