August 3, 2015 | By Parmjeet Singh
Brampton, Canada: A book analysing role of Indian media during the days of Sikh struggle of 1980s-90s in Punjab was released in Brampton on 27th July. The book titled “Embedded Journalism, Punjab” was released during a well attended book release ceremony at Rose Theatre, Brampton.
The book is edited by Jaspal Singh Sidhu and Anil Chamadia. It draws its title from the Western theoretical premise of ‘embedded journalism’ which was coined to express the orchestrated media coverage managed by the US and its NATO allies during the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
The book puts in one place, hitherto scattered and largely unnoticed, critical writings on the media that appeared in 1980-90s. These media critiques were penned by celebrated writer late Patwant Singh, Human Rights activist late Ram Narayan Kumar and Pritam Singh from Oxford.
The book also has two unpublished government sponsored reports. One is a study of the media in Punjab by the V.G Vergese Committee in early 1990s and the other is an analysis of the entire Punjab media, as it existed in early 1980s, by Tirlok Singh Deep, a New Delhi-based journalist.
This book is published by Media Studies Group, Delhi. (web – http://mediastudiesgroup.org.in).
S.Jaspal Singh Sidhu, Senior Journalist (UNI, Retd.) and co-editor of this book, also shared his views and experiences with the audience present on the occasion.
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