DAKSH is delighted to announce the launch of our new initiative ‘MĀRGA’ – Media And its Role in Governance and Accountability. As part of this initiative, DAKSH will examine the role of the media in governance and accountability, and explore avenues to deepen democracy through strengthening the role played by the media.
The idea of MĀRGA arose from a realisation that the quality of media reporting on the functioning of the justice system and other public institutions has a direct bearing on the level of public trust in these institutions. This in turn affects the manner in which the public engage with such institutions or approach them when required. It is imperative that the media be provided sufficient freedom to report on the functioning of such institutions to hold them accountable to the society. The balancing of such freedom with the responsibility it carries needs a recognition of the symbiotic relationship between the institutions in fulfilling their roles.
IN THIS REGARD, UNDER MĀRGA, DAKSH WILL WORK ON THE FOLLOWING AREAS:
DAKSH announced the launch of MĀRGA on Republic Day, 2021 through an inaugural discussion on the media’s relationship with the law and justice system. The panellists for the discussion were Hon’ble Justice Rajiv Shakdher, Hon’ble Justice Gautam Patel, Apruva Vishwanath, and Harish Narasappa, with Surya Prakash B.S. as the moderator.