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Role of Media & Social networking sites in Internal Security Challenges

Role of Media & Social networking sites in Internal Security Challenges

INTRODUCTION

  • The term media is derived from Medium, which means carrier or mode. Media denotes an item specifically designed to reach a large audience or viewers. The term was first used with the advent of newspapers and magazines. However, with the passage of time, the term broadened by the inventions of radio, TV, cinemas and Internet.
  • Media due to its power to influence the decisions of others and its role of information, education and communication, is always considered as the “fourth pillar of Democracy.” In today’s context this role has been transformed and expanded due to emerging connection of Media with Politics.
  • Now the political actors work in the environment shaped and perceived by the media. Media therefore is indirectly involved in the Policy making and through its ‘power of vigilance’ in policy implementation.                                                            Role of Media & Social networking sites in Internal Security Challenges
  • Ideally, media should be impartial and free from the propaganda mechanisms. It should provide balanced account to the people. Media educates and keeps the public informed about the national and international political and other human realities taking place in everyday life.
  • The purpose of media is to highlight the trouble spots in the society and press the government and public to devise suitable mechanisms to eliminate those troubles. At the national level, the responsibility of media is to build a bridge between people and governments.                                Role of Media & Social networking sites in Internal Security Challenges
  • Media serves as a checkpoint by ensuring that the government is working within its mandate. However, following the globalization, the responsibilities of media have also widened. It has to play a role for preserving and pursuing the national interests of the state and highlighting its perspective along with the global issues.
  • It has to examine the conduct of international relations and again to highlight the trouble spot at global level in lieu of global security.
  • Exposing the threat within itself has become one of the most important roles of the news media, particularly the electronic media whose reach and penetration has the promise to make democracy a living reality for those who do not have access to the print media for want of literacy or otherwise, and giving them a sense of involvement in the process of governance.
  • India, due to its diverse Socio-cultural realities and geographical expanse faces many challenges to its internal security structure. The issues such as Naxalism, Terrorism, Cyber Crime, Drug and human trafficking, organized crime, insurgency, caste and ethnic conflicts etc. poses grave challenges to the Internal Security.
  • The Media, as a mirror of the Society has to play an important and responsible role with regard to these aspects.                         Role of Media & Social networking sites in Internal Security Challenges

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