India's Media Money Cancer

In a culture so blatant that some media actually prepare rate cards to present to politicians in exchange for favorable news, India appears to be waking up to the menace to democracy from a bought mainstream media. The practice of handing envelopes to reporters has been a fixture across Asian media and especially India and China for decades. Certainly, the temptations are manifold, and for good reason. With white-collar salaries in the wake of the outsourcing revolution skyrocketing to about US$15,000 annually, reporters for major newspapers in New Delhi are paid about US$6,000 although some top jobs go for considerably more.

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