The Prime Minister has repeatedly spoken of media as an essential service, and several Central government orders have been issued in the past fortnight to back this up – exempting news-gathering and distribution staff from the lockdown, and asking states to facilitate their movement. Hours before the announcement of the lockdown, the Prime Minister also spoke of the “tremendous credibility” of newspapers and how they were important in countering the spread of fake and false news.
But while many housing societies have instituted admirable systems and processes to facilitate distribution of newspapers among their members, some are yet to do so. They may not realise it, but they are denying their residents – citizens of India – of their right to information, which is vital to the functioning of any democracy. Yes, we understand that they are worried about safety, but the most respected health organisations and epidemiologists in the world have said there is no medical basis to such fears.
If you are not getting your copy of your newspaper, please click on this link and fill in your details, and we will do our best to ensure your copy at the earliest. If, for some unfounded reason, your housing society is obstructing delivery, you should insist on your right to information. Please feel free to share the contact details of your society so that we may speak with them directly and address any concerns they may have. We greatly value your patronage and ask for your patience as we seek to restore normalcy in these challenging times.