In what ways can the government have an adversarial role against the media? Which of the adversaries (government or press) has the advantage?

In what ways can the government have an adversarial role against the media? Which of the adversaries (government or press) has the advantage?

 

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The government can have an adversarial role against the media by excessive regulation of the media and preventing media form reporting an activity taking place in the Congress. Also, government spokesperson can stop interacting with the media personnel or having press conferences. Government can also cancel licenses of the existing media companies and stop providing licenses to the new media companies coming up in the market. Government can impose heavy penalties on media for rejecting the protocol. However, all this will pave the way to autocratic form of government and rejection of democracy.

In such a scenario, all are losers. Neither media nor government will be at an advantage. The government will lose its appeal among the citizens of the country as this will pave the way for dictatorial form of government. Also, since media interactions ate there so the government will not be able to reach out to the large chunk of population.

Thus, free media in required in the country for the ideas to develop independently and developing democratic form of government in the country.Having an adversarial role against the media will have a negative impact on the country as a whole.

Asked on February 15, 2018 in economics.
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