Q.3)A free and independent media is often regarded as the fourth pillar/ fourth estate in any democracy. Discuss.
Why this Question:
Recently ED raided the offices of an independent news agency.
Key demand of the question:
Importance of free and independent media and the challenges it is currently facing with adequate solutions.
Discuss- back up the answer by carefully selected evidence to make a case for and against an argument, or point out the advantages and disadvantages of the given context and finally arrive at a conclusion.
Introduce by mentioning how the media is the fourth pillar of democracy.
In the first part, highlight the importance of a free and independent media in the modern times in any democracy.
In the next part, write about the challenges it is currently facing- political pressure; fake news; paid news, etc.
Conclude with a way forward and how infringing press rights has a chilling effect on fundamental rights.