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NCJ Number: 98446 Find in a Library
Title: Police and Press in India - An Adversary Relationship
Journal: Police Journal  Volume:58  Issue:2  Dated:(April-June 1985)  Pages:163-172
Author(s): S Sen
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 10
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: The role of the press in shaping public attitudes toward the police is considered, with particular emphasis on the current adversarial relationship between the press and police in India.
Abstract: Surveys in India reveal that the public has a very poor image of the police, one to which the press has greatly contributed. At present, there is more often confrontation than cooperation between police and press. The press tends to make highly critical and perjorative references to the work and conduct of the police and depicts them as insensitive, power-hungry, and lawless. The police accuse the press of sensationalism, exaggeration, and distortion designed to increase circulation. While guaranteeing the freedom of the press is important, the press must function with a sense of responsibility and impartiality. The situation in India underscores the need for fostering a more candid and fulfilling press-police relationship that is based on a mutual respect and understanding of roles and responsibilities. While the press should play a watchdog role in exposing abuse of authority, dereliction of duty, and corruption, the press also can render service to the police and help improve its image. This can be achieved by calling to public attention police successes and disseminating information on police rules and policies and on topics such as crime prevention and safe driving. More balanced treatment of police issues by the press, coupled with exemplary performance of police duties and better public communications, can build a fair and favorable image of the police. Included are 13 references.
Index Term(s): India; Police professionalism; Press relations; Public Opinion of the Police
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