'India's News Media in the Era of Right-Wing Populism'

Recent months have seen censorship in the Indian media by the current government – and by the media itself, either to avoid friction with the government or to promote its agenda. Journalist Jyoti Thottam will deliver a lecture titled, "India's News Media in the Era of Right-Wing Populism."

The lecture, which takes place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9, in F.W. Olin Building Room 102 on the Luther College campus, is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Thottam will discuss the ways India's media has changed in recent times and what the roots of these changes could be. Historically, India's media has been a critic of government in both colonial and post-colonial eras.

Though the prevalence of 24-hour television news and social media communications have changed the way India's media has operated in the past 30 years, many believe that censorship practices may have emerged with the election of a right-wing government in 2014.

In her lecture, Thottam will trace the history of the relationship between India's media and the state; she will also draw comparisons to the beginnings of a similar relationship in the United States.

As a reporter, editor and director of content for organizations including Time Magazine, UNICEF and Al Jazeera America, Thottam has reported extensively from South Asia and the United States. She previously held positions reporting on economics, technology and business, drug law reform and other features. Thottam holds degrees from Yale University and Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs.

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