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CONSTITUTIONAL QUESTIONS AND CITIZENS' RIGHTSAn Omnibus Comprising Constitutional Questions in India and Citizens' Rights, Judges and State Accountability$
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A. G. Noorani

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195678291

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195678291.001.0001

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The Foreigner in the Media

The Foreigner in the Media

(p.358) 48 The Foreigner in the Media

A.G. Noorani

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In principle, both print and electronic media in India must be free from state control and must belong to Indians alone. Sushma Swaraj, the country's Information and Broadcasting Minister, issued contradictory statements on whether to allow foreign equity in print media. An article published in the Sangh Parivar's organ Organiser claimed that there are certain elements entrenched in the establishment who want foreigners to launch newspapers in India and that the Prime Minister's Office is considering allowing 100 per cent foreign direct investment in print media. The First Press Commission released a report in 1954 addressing, with disfavour, the subject of 'foreign nationals as owners', while the Second Press Commission's report of 1982 essentially rejected foreign ownership of local newspapers. The 1982 report also proposes an amendment to the Industries (Development and Regulation) Act 1951 to ensure press freedom.

Keywords:   print media, foreign ownership, India, press freedom, Sushma Swaraj, newspapers, foreign direct investment, Press Commission, Industries (Development and Regulation) Act 1951

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