MĀRGA – Media And its Role in Governance and Accountability is an initiative by DAKSH which examines the role of the media in governance and accountability, especially in the justice system, and explores avenues to deepen democracy through strengthening the role played by the media.
The quality of reporting by the media on the functioning of the justice system directly influences the level of trust in this system by the public. This, in turn, affects how the public engages with courts and police or approaches them when required. The media must be afforded sufficient freedom to report on their functioning to hold them accountable to society. This freedom needs to be balanced with the responsibility to report accurately and fairly.
Improve the media’s reporting on the justice system and other public institutions.
Providing specialised training required for media practitioners, media academicians and media students in this area.
Engaging in facilitating structured, reliable, and timely modes of interaction between the media and public institutions.
Building a community to share ideas, experiences, and best practices
We intend to achieve this through consultations with all the stakeholders, advocacy, sensitisation/awareness campaigns, training, curriculum design, research publications, round tables, conferences