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TorgoX (1933)


"Il est beau comme la retractilité des serres des oiseaux rapaces [...] et surtout, comme la rencontre fortuite sur une table de dissection d'une machine à coudre et d'un parapluie !" -- Lautréamont

Journal of TorgoX (1933)

Wednesday April 05, 2006
07:45 PM

Shock horror of country with not-moribund newspapers

[ #29232 ]

Dear Log,

«The Indian newspaper market is one of the healthiest in the world, with hundreds of daily titles - and it's growing. Total newspaper circulation rose by 8 per last year, according to the World Association of Newspapers. Over the same period, UK circulation fell by 4.5 per cent. Indian sales are likely to continue climbing. With a population around 1 billion, and millions of people migrating from the countryside to the cities every year, new readers are being created by the day. The country's literacy rate, currently running at around 60 per cent according to the World Bank, is rising; the economy is growing; and India's educated middle class is expanding rapidly. The main languages, including Hindi, Urdu and English, are gaining ground at the expense of local dialects, which increases the potential audience for the biggest papers. Most importantly of all, perhaps, there are no constraints on press freedom, in contrast to other emerging markets where economic reforms have not been accompanied by greater democratic freedoms.»

Too bad the Indian press is repulsively jingoistic. Poor people are hilarious! Especially when they've got nuclear weapons.