Media as the Fourth Estate of Democracy

7 Pages Posted: 25 Aug 2014

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Prabhat Ranjan

Christ University School of Law

Sindhuja Kashyap

Christ University School of Law

Date Written: August 23, 2014

Abstract

The power and significance of media in democratic society is world renowned. Though media and press have a persuasive authority yet its’ real ability is not a secret to the world. The existence of a free, independent and powerful media is the cornerstone of a democracy, especially of a highly mixed society like India. The pivotal role of the media is its ability to mobilize the thinking process of millions. Technically a democracy stands on the pillars of judiciary, executive and legislature. But with the rise of the press and its power to reach every nook and corner of the state it can also be considered as the fourth pillar of a democracy.

In this paper the authors have presented the impact of press on the Indian democracy and Indian constitution and have tried to answer that whether considering press as fourth estate of democracy is correct. The authors here have tried to answer the above question in two parts. Firstly, by analyzing the historical evolvement of press from an ordinary means of mass communication to an instrument of revolution in democracy. Focus in this section would be on the role played by media in various fields especially in a heterogeneous society like India.

Secondly, by studying the impact of press on the judiciary and till what extent press effects the constitution of India. This section analyzes the role of media on judicial trials and presenting new problems which need to be legally regulated.

Finally the authors have concluded the article by answering the above raised questions. Here the authors have firstly answered whether press should be considered as the fourth estate of democracy or not and secondly what type of effect press puts on Indian democracy and Indian constitution.

Suggested Citation

Ranjan, Prabhat and Kashyap, Sindhuja, Media as the Fourth Estate of Democracy (August 23, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2485908 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2485908

Prabhat Ranjan (Contact Author)

Christ University School of Law ( email )

Hosur Road
Bangalore, Karnataka, 560029
India

Sindhuja Kashyap

Christ University School of Law ( email )

Hosur Road
Bangalore, Karnataka, 560029
India

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