What Indian Media Can Learn From The Post

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What Indian Media Can Learn From The Post

Illustration: Sushant Ahire


oward the end of Steven Spielberg’s The Post, set in 1971 and the spiritual prequel to All The President’s Men, comes a line soaked in relevance for the press and the media owners of today.

“The press was to serve the governed, not the governors,” utters Chief Justice Black, delivering a judgement in favour of the New York Times and the Washington Post after the Nixon administration took the papers to court. The errant newspapers had published the classified “Pentagon Papers” that laid bare the lies that the American government had been disseminating to the public about the country’s political and military involvement in the Vietnam War. The most damning revelation was how the Nixon administration continued drafting soldiers for the war despite being aware that America would lose.