P Sainath talked a great deal about the phenomenon of Paid news in great details. He said that Paid news has been defined extremely well by the Press Council of India as any news or writing appearing as having been done in consideration of cash or kind. This phenomenon had been there in Indian media industry for at least the last decade as an undercurrent but 2009 became the year of Tsunami for Paid news. He said that he felt really satisfied by the fact that he could take credit for breaking the story of Paid news in Hindu during the period April to November 2009 during the Maharashtra assembly elections.
[caption id="attachment_18977" align="alignleft" width="236"]P Sainath[/caption]P Sainath needs no introduction. The man who is considered the leading proponent of development journalism in India and one who has his feet firmly grounded in rural India with as much ease as he is seen interacting with the intellectual giants around the globe, Sainath is a Magsaysay award winner and has many more recognitions to his credit.
: पत्रकार खुद को पतित न करें, हालात बदलने में लगे लोगों-संगठनों का सपोर्ट करें : पी साईनाथ ने पिछले दिनों दिल्ली में आयोजित एक कार्यक्रम में कई ऐसी बातें कहीं जिससे मीडिया इंडस्ट्री की दशा-दिशा के बारे में रियलिस्टिक समझ विकसित करने में मदद मिलती है. उन्होंने मीडिया इंडस्ट्री के लिए एकाधिकार रोधी विधेयक की मांग की. वरिष्ठ पत्रकार पी. साईंनाथ कहते हैं कि मीडिया समूह बहुत तेजी से कारपोरेट वर्ल्ड का हिस्सा बनते जा रहे हैं.