Rise of print media and drop in press freedom

Indian print media is booming but journalism is under threat

Vanita Kohli-Khandekar

This week came with three pieces of media news that demand attention.   First, the phenomenal growth of print media in India continues. The sales of newspapers and magazines in India grew at a compounded annual growth rate of 4.87 per cent over a 10-year period from 2006-2016. Hindi at 8.76 per cent and Telugu at 8.28 per cent have shown the highest growth in these 10 years, according to a report released by the Audit Bureau of Circulations in Mumbai this Monday. Among the top 10 newspapers, only one, The Times of India, is in English, all the others are in various Indian languages. ...