Author- SHUBHAM SHUKLA
Volume 1 Issue 3 (2021)
The role of media in contemporary India is ever important. The concept of secularism is enshrined in the Constitution of India, so is freedom of speech and expression. Communal tensions have nevertheless prevailed in the country from time immemorial. Media reports are meant to cover issues in an unbiased manner. However, media has been reckless in its reporting, especially with its growing power. This is especially in the case of coverage of communal issues.
This article studies the disparity in media coverage on communal issues in various instances. It uses doctrinal method to compare news reports of similar occasions and incidents involving different parties. These instances include, grave crimes such as murder and rape, and also other circumstances such as riots, constitutional and legislative changes. It does not serve to cover the issue of communal tensions in themselves, but seeks to highlight the need for reform in media regulatory norms.