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Honest engagement with media ethics seems to be deteriorating in the present times. Discuss the ethical issues that plague Indian journalism.

Topic : Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance.  Media and ethics.

7. Honest engagement with media ethics seems to be deteriorating in the present times. Discuss the ethical issues that plague Indian journalism. (250 words)

Reference: Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude by Lexicon Publications

Why the question:

The question is amidst the recent trends of degenerating ethics that Indian Media has undergone.

Key Demand of the question:

Discuss the ethical issues that plague Indian journalism.

Directive:

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:

Introduction:

One can first start by explaining the essential ethical aspects expected in journalism. While various codes may have some differences, most share common elements including the principles of truthfulness, accuracy, objectivity, impartiality, fairness, and public accountability, as these apply to the acquisition of newsworthy information and its subsequent dissemination to the public.

Body:

India’s gargantuan news market has 82,222 newspapers; Delhi alone has 16 English dailies in circulation. It has close to 800 television news channels, an industry that has almost trebled in the last decade.

Discuss first briefly the issues plaguing the media – paid news, Opaque private treaties, Blatant blackmail, Widening legal regulatory gap, Flawed measurements of audience reach and readership etc.

Then explain in detail the associated ethical issues. Present examples to justify the same.

Conclusion:

Conclude with solutions to address the issue.