Adyar Gopal Parivar
The Hand of the Press
By Mohan Shenoy
 The Press is the medium through which people
are informed of happenings, generally referred to
as the News. The News can be distributed not
only through the printed periodicals but also
through the electronic media like the radio and
television.
Generally the information conveyed is true and
accurate. But the usage of phrases and words in
the News can give different meanings to the
readers and viewers. This is often done
deliberately to misinform the intended targets.
For example the News of the death of Swami
Lakshmanananda Saraswathi in the Kandhamal
violence was reported by a Press Trust of India
correspondent. The first publication of the News
contained the story as the death of a VHP
leader. There was no mention that the person
was a Hindu Swami and also there was no
mention that there were 3 or 4 four others who
died along with the Swami. There was no
mention that there were two women among the
dead. There was no mention that the death
occurred by shooting to kill the victims.
At the same time there was extensive rioting by
the tribals to protest the killings. The attacks by
the tribals was described as religious riots while
in fact the rioting was in response to the killing of
the Swami. By not disclosing the fact that one
Hindu Swami and two women were killed the PTI
tried to hide the facts from the public as to the
cause of the riots.
By not disclosing that the victims were Hindus
the PTI was trying to lessen the severity of the
event and reaction it can provoke among the
Hindus. But by incomplete reporting the event of
the killings PTI tried to give more importance to
the riots that took place. The riots resulted in
destruction of a few Christian churches and also
arson and destruction of property belonging to
the upper class villagers most of whom
happened to be Christians. The impression
created was that the reaction of the tribals was
disproportionate to the killing of one VHP leader.
The PTI report gave very little significance of
murder of the four Hindu social workers among
whom there were two women.
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The first report gave an impression that the
huge riots were unjustified, and that the
riots were purely religious and not social.
The riots were social because the Swami
was working to prevent the conversion of
Hindu tribals by the Christian missionaries
in Kandhamal and elsewhere in the state
of Orissa. This fact was totally blanked out
by PTI.
There is biased reporting by major News
distributors in India and elsewhere in the
world in order to serve the interests of
some. This is done even if the distributors
have undertaken to accurate and fair
reporting of the News.
Recently the News of the recommendation
of the Chief Election Commissioner for
removal of the Election Commissioner to
the President was similarly misreported. In
the commentary on the newspapers in the
Breakfast Show of the Doordarshan the
Indian Express front page was
misrepresented by cutting and pasting the
Expresso page over the Front page of the
main section in order to hide the important
critic published on the latter page. Only the
title of the newspaper in the front page of
the main section was made to be visible
and the critic regarding the
recommendation of the CEC for removal of
EC was totally blanked out.
It is unfortunate that the powers that
control distribution of the News disregard
the basic rule of news=reporting which is
to print the News fairly and accurately. At
least the reporting should not be seen as
being biased in favour of one or other kind
of thought or idea.

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