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date: 21 November 2019

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The media has often been called the fourth estate, or the fourth branch of the government, for the role it plays in the societal and political life of a country. Through the medium of newspapers, TV, and now the Internet, it not just informs, but also influences public opinion and through that, the government, to adopt, reject, or modify a chosen policy direction. While there are other means through which people make informed choices on domestic policy, the media plays a significantly larger role when it comes to foreign policy. This chapter seeks to establish just what kind of a role the Indian media plays in the making of foreign policy, discussing also influences over its content, not least those relating to media ownership in India.

Keywords: media, fourth estate, foreign policy, public opinion, India, media ownership

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