New book offers an insider account into the workings of Indian mediaNew book offers an insider account into the workings of Indian media
on Apr 19, 2021 New Delhi: After a journalistic experience that spans 50 years, veteran journalist and Padma Shri awardee Alok Mehta has written an insider account of the workings of the Indian media.
Through the pages of ‘Power, Press and Politics: Half a Century of Journalism’, Mehta takes a deep dive into the cases and incidents that he was caught in the midst of his career.The book, published by Bloomsbury India, will be released on 23 April on ‘Soft Cover’, ThePrint’s e-venue to launch select non-fiction books. Mehta dabbles with questions such as ‘How was god-man Chandraswami exposed despite his close association with famous leaders and media giants?’, ‘How did Alok Mehta expose the fodder scam in 1990 that led to the arrest of Lalu Prasad Yadav?’, ‘Is ‘paid news’ the new normal in Indian media? How did this game of corruption start?’ and many more in his new book. The book also attempts to highlight the balance between media and judiciary, both of which are integral to the functioning of India’s democracy. Over the years, Mehta has edited various publications in leading conglomerates like The Times Group, HT Media, Outlook Group etc. He has written 20 books on journalism, political personalities and other social issues. Mehta was awarded the Padma Shri in 2009 for his contributions to the world of Indian journalism. On the book, Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, said, “In a career spanning five decades and as a witness to the power of politics, Mr Alok Mehta has had a distinguished career of being one of the most independent editors, political commentators and authors in India. His book Power, Press and Politics is an insider’s view of the challenges and successes of the Indian media. I hope this book creates awareness about ethics in the field of media and to the new generation.” Source: theprints
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