Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation, Media
3) What is Paid news? Discuss the reasons for rise in paid news in India and also suggest solutions to the menace of paid news.(250 words)
Why this question:
Recently Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar informed Rajya Sabha about the steps being taken by the Government to curb the menace of Paid News.
Key demand of the question:
The answer must discuss the context and reasons for rise in paid news and one must suggest solutions to curb the problems of this paid news.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.
Structure of the answer:
Define what is paid news.
Paid news is defined as any news or analysis appearing in print or electronic media for consideration in cash or kind. Manifestations of paid news are:
Advertisements camouflaged as news, Denial of coverage to select electoral candidates, exchanging of advertisement space for equity stakes between media houses and corporate.
Explain the recent trends witnessed in terms of paid news in India.
What are the various counter measures to overcome the challenge of paid news?
Conclude with solutions.