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Backgrounders

The march of New Media, from ERNet to IPTV

The Internet, mobile telephony and other new technologies have changed the way media organisations collect, present and disseminate news. They have also changed the definition of news and who controls it, and created new revenue models for media companies. Sunil Saxena traces the rise of 'new medi...

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Analysis

Sarkar as censor

The proposed Cinematograph Bill 2010 is geared to cracking down on piracy, but does little to protect freedom of expression, leaving the power to define public order, morality, decency and national interest to the executive wing of government at the centre rather than to people’s representati...

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Features

The cost of knowledge

The cost of knowledge

Why should research that is publicly-funded be cornered by journal publishers who charge steep subscription rates? Even Harvard University can no longer afford the $ 3.5 million it pays annually in subscription charges. V Sasi Kumar traces the history of the Open-Access movement that is sweeping the w...

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Books & Reports

The trust deficit

Paid news and other dishonest practices have eroded the credibility of mass media in India: only 38% of Indians trust radio and television, while only 40% trust news in newspapers. Excerpts from the Press Council of India’s damning report on paid news, which was finally uploaded on the PCI sit...

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Broadcast Laws and Regulations

Languages of India

Multilingual democracy

By Anosh Malekar

With 22 official languages, 200-odd rationalised mother tongues, and no one knows exactly how many minor languages and dialects, linguistic diversity is part of the historical cultural heritage of the country. But many native languages are dying out for want of recognition, support, a...

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News Scan

Linguists find undocumented language in Arunachal

US researchers have identified a new language in a remote region in Arunachal Pradesh. The language is spoken by between 800 and 1,200 people in northeast India

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