Media liberty

Mr. John Swinton on “PRESS LIBERTY”

“A couple of centuries back, Press was supposed to be the FOURTH pillar of the State, the other three pillars being; Legislature, Executives and the Judiciary.

“The honesty and integrity of the Press have been on the decline.  Finally, Mr. John Swinton, the former Chief of Staff of the New York Times addressing the New York Press club admitted, in 1953, as follows:                                                   

“There is no such thing as an independent press.  You know it and I know it.  There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinion.  I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper I am connected with.       

“Any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job…  The business of the journalist is to destroy truth; To lie outright; To pervert; To vilify; … We are tools and vassals for rich men behind the scenes…  WE ARE INTELLECTUAL PROSTITUTES”.  Let us not lament at the dishonesty we see in our Indian press, in fact, in reporting on India in the foreign press as well.  In India, everything is cheaper than in Europe and USA, including the Press Prostitutes.”

“Any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job…  The business of the journalist is to destroy truth; to lie outright; to pervert; to vilify; … We are tools and vassal(मातहत)s for rich men behind the scenes…  WE ARE INTELLECTUAL PROSTITUTES”.  Let us not lament at the dishonesty we see in our Indian press, in fact, in reporting on India in the foreign press as well.  In India, everything is cheaper than in Europe and USA, including the Press Prostitutes.”

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