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Towards a Free Press

Towards a Free Press Towards a Free Press cratic process and the outlook of the press come into a sensitive juxtaposition. It needs to be handled wisely by Pran Chopra all those who have a responsibility towards ensuring that the press functions THE terms of reference of the Press Commission accord the topmost priority to issues concerning the ownership of the press, the financial control of newspapers, and their management structures. This is borne out by the fact that three-quarters of the terms relate to these issues. It is welcome that the terms of reference should he so drawn up. If public opinion is a major lever in a democratic system, it is necessary to ensure as far as may be possible that everyone has a fair access to the channels through which public opinion expresses itself and to the platforms which educate, guide and influence public opinion. In so far as the press is one of these channels and platforms, fair access to the press must be ensured; anything which undermines or restricts this access for any group or interest, or confers undue control of this access upon any group or interest deserves to be countered.

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