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Is media paid? The answer is Yes.
Satbir Singh Bedi | 31 Jan 2014

Is media paid? The answer is yes. How do I know? I know it because when I was serving in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, I became aware of a cell in the Press Information Bureau under that Ministry which supplied foreign liquor free of cost to journalists with a view to influencing their judgement about the performance of the Government.

When I was incharge of Press Section in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, I was given the task of arranging sumptuous lunches for the journalists so that they could be influenced in favour of the Government. Again, the Registrar of Newspapers for India under the Ministry allotted  subsidised quota of newsprint to various newspapers on the basis of their allegiance to the Government.  The Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity under the Ministry which was responsible for giving advertisements in the newspapers placed such advertisement orders only on those newspapers which were sympathisers of the Government's policies.  I have also seen that when a luncheon is thrown in honour of a visiting dignitary, top media men are invited so that they could write in favour of the Government.
 
I have, of course, no personal knowledge but the State Governments and the Corporate Houses must also be giving such facilities to media persons to ensure that they got a better view in the media about their image and performance.  However, still some media houses and editors are able to stay neutral and give unbiased picture to the public.