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Derailing of Fourth Pillar of the Democracy and Future of Accountable, Transparent Democratic System

Author(s) Umesh Patnaik, Arjun Singh Chauhan
Country India
Abstract The fourth pillar of democracy, often referred to as the "Press" or "Media," plays a crucial role in upholding the principles of accountability and transparency within democratic societies. This paper explores the challenges faced by the media in contemporary times, leading to the potential derailment of its vital role. In the age of rapidly evolving technology and information dissemination, traditional journalism faces numerous threats, including misinformation, political interference, and economic pressures. The first section of the paper delves into the historical significance of the fourth pillar and its evolution over time. It highlights the essential role of a free and independent media in fostering an informed citizenry, holding the government accountable, and acting as a watchdog against corruption and abuse of power. The second section examines the contemporary challenges that threaten the integrity of the fourth pillar. The rise of digital platforms, social media, and the proliferation of fake news have significantly impacted the credibility of traditional journalism. Political interference, censorship, and attacks on journalists further exacerbate the erosion of media independence. The third section explores the consequences of a weakened fourth pillar on the democratic system. Diminished media freedom can lead to reduced government accountability, increased corruption, and a decline in public trust. The paper argues that the erosion of the fourth pillar poses a direct threat to the foundations of democracy itself. The final section outlines potential strategies and prospects for revitalizing and safeguarding the fourth pillar. This includes the promotion of media literacy, regulatory frameworks to counter misinformation, and international collaboration to protect journalists and media freedom. Additionally, fostering a diversified and sustainable media landscape is crucial for ensuring the continued vibrancy of the fourth pillar. In conclusion, this paper emphasizes the critical importance of a robust fourth pillar in sustaining a healthy democratic system. It calls for collective efforts from governments, civil society, and the media industry to address the challenges and preserve the essential role of the media in promoting accountability, transparency, and a well-informed electorate. Only through concerted action can we hope to secure the future of a democratic system built on the principles of an independent and responsible press.
Keywords Media, Accountability, Society, journalism, corruption, Government.
Field Arts
Published In Volume 6, Issue 2, March-April 2024
Published On 2024-03-08
Cite This Derailing of Fourth Pillar of the Democracy and Future of Accountable, Transparent Democratic System - Umesh Patnaik, Arjun Singh Chauhan - IJFMR Volume 6, Issue 2, March-April 2024. DOI 10.36948/ijfmr.2024.v06i02.14692
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