Should government regulate sensational media?
Calling for an end to sensational reporting in Indian media, a government official in the Southern Indian state of Karnataka recently proposed the idea of a government-appointed "ombudsman" to regulate media in that region.
But after receiving harsh criticism from opponents, including some who called the proposal a "fascist move" intended to prevent the media from reporting freely and fairly, the proposal was retracted last week, according to the Times of India and IndianExpress.com.
What do you think? In regions where media often concoct and sensationalize stories, should media be monitored and regulated by a government entity? If so, under what circumstances? Should an "ombudsman" come from outside the news media industry or from within?