Power of Press

Newspapers occupy a very important place in the modern age of information. They are the most popular and most effective source of latest news. With the spread of education, they are becoming more and more popular. They increase our knowledge and keep us updated. They contain news for all classes of people. They have interesting stories, business news, advertisements, sports news and political and literary articles.

In these times we fight for ideas and news are our fortress. Newspapers are very significant for the promotion of patriotism, moral values and tolerance. They can set the moral tone of their readers. They expose anti-social and anti-national elements.They make us realize our duties and responsibilities as a member of a civil society. They mobilize the public opinion against social evils like corruption, adulteration,bribery, terrorism, drug addition, smuggling, etc.

Thus they play a very constructive role against social evils. Some newspapers accept bribes and play in the hand of evil people. Sometimes, newspapers are forced to change their policy by using the tool of advertisements which are the major source of income for the newspapers.

Newspapers should realize their national duty. Inspite of hurdles and restrictions, they should work for the national interest and raise voice against social evils and violation of human rights. As newspapers play a great role in a civil society, they carry a great responsibility as well. They should be impartial and honest in their reporting.

They should not project the news about sex, corruption, sectarianism, religious intolerance and political polarisation. They should not project sensational news in order to increase their circulation. Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets.

Newspapers carry something for every person. They contain commercial news for businessmen. Their advertisements help to promote industrial goods and provide columns for vacant jobs to the jobless people. The sportsmen can enjoy the latest sports news and wonderful pictures of sports activities. They are also colourful pictures and interesting stories of show biz. They bring to us the ideas and thoughts of the world-renowned thinkers, writers, poets, scientists, reformers, philosophers and politicians.

News papers are the barometers of public opinion. They mirror the right sentiments of the people. They are the watchdogs of democracy and human rights.They criticize and condemn the wrong policies of the government and properly highlight the national issues. Their social and political columns play a constructive role in making the public opinion. Their free and fair reporting is necessary for the success of a democratic society.

Pungky Dwiasmoro Hiswardhani

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