The evolution of media remains a fascinating journey and serves a vital role in dissemination of information. The Foundation strongly believes that two key components of governance are freedom of communication and public access to information and any movement or revolution for equity and social justice necessarily requires a free press for it to work. The role of the media has become extremely critical for smooth functioning of democracy, good governance, and awareness, especially for broadcasting public opinion as a measure of protecting the citizens.
As per Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution of India, every citizen has the freedom of speech and expression, which has led to the inception of media as the voice of people.
Freedom of speech and expression gives the right to all citizens to freely express one’s opinion or views through words, writing, printing, pictures or any other means. Therefore, freedom of the press also falls under it. Media plays the role of a catalyst when it comes to promoting good governance and ushering in public opinion in a modern democracy. The freedom of the press has three essential features; namely freedom of publication, freedom of access to all sources of information, and freedom of circulation. The media is the communicator of good governance as it makes people aware and conscious of their state of affairs by providing them with in depth insight on important issues concerning people.
Good governance essentially means how public institutions conduct public affairs and manage public resources. As good governance comprises accountability, transparency, and responsively reporting of authentic and objective information, therefore, the Foundation aims to utilize media to ensure that all of these criteria are met from time to time.