To be free for press, as such, is to be fair, impartial, unprejudiced and honest in according treatment to the coverage of news and events connected with different socio-political quarters and the government at large. One of the highest criteria to judge the free press, however, is that it is not subservient to the vested interests and the versions are not tempered, distorted, sponsored, or otherwise politically initiated.
According to a survey conducted by the New York based Freedom House, only one person out of fives lives in a country with free press. The survey measures press freedom by assessing the impact of laws, administrative decisions and economic or political influences on the content of the news media.
The well-organized section of press is always in regular and close contact with the people and a reputation of presenting actual and concomitant situation. That’s why it is more influential and effective in formation of public opinion and molding it.
The responsible quarters of the press, for instance, the section constituting the ‘national press’, exercise a higher sense of...