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Myth of Free Media and Fake News in the Post-truth Era reveals the story of fake news hysteria and myth of free media in the post-truth world order, starting from the question of whether there has really been a truth era.The book examines how the news media is battling for relevance in the age of Internet. It shows how the wave of media liberalization has weakened the basic premise of Libertarian Media Function Theory, which states that the media is the Fourth Estate that protects the citizens from abuse of power by the government. It analyses how excessive commercialization of the media and the commodification of news has changed journalism globally. The book recommends a new paradigm and explains how it can be used to ...

Human Rights: The New Missionary Religion
Human rights: The new missionary religion

When European gunboats went across the world, Christian missionaries who wanted to ‘civilize’ the people—to whom the Bible was an unknown entity—accompanied the colonizers. Today, when US or NATO missiles ram into countries, their foot soldiers, Western human rights organizations and their activists follow, with their media in tow. They also have a similar mindset—to ‘civilize’ the people with notions of freedom and democracy. However, the debacle of the Arab Spring and the double standards practised in the war on terror have exposed the hypocrisy of this gospel.

‘Human Rights’ and ‘Democracy’ have become contentious notions in international communication discourse today. These have become much abused words in journalism practices that have led to ...

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