Sunday, January 22, 2023

‘Mudra’ launched, 40 years dream comes true

  • A rare phenomenon of journalists launching a newspaper
  • Justice Subhashini Reddy hopes the paper will be objective

The coming of “Mudra,’ a vernacular daily, can be considered a rare phenomenon when the mainstream media failed in reflecting the aspirations of the people in protecting the democracy. The present time is being considered a period of consolidation of digital media and many individual journalists are running their own websites and digital papers with minimum capital. Bringing a newspaper by serious journalists was a dream in mid-nineties. Many of the individual journalists brought various news papers and periodicals in Telugu and only a few succeeded in their ventures.

In the crisis of ‘Udayam’, an idea was mooted to run the paper by the journalists. Then Andhra Pradesh High Court Chief Justice Prabha Sankar Mishra referred the issue to the advocate representing the Udayam employees after it was closed by the then management. Somehow, the suggestion could not be implemented then.

Scribes should welcome Mudra as it fulfilled such a dream (Udayam) now. Mudra has been made possible  by nearly 50 journalists by pooling money for investment. It is a rare occasion in Indian journalism and one can expect impartial news from the paper.

Releasing  Mudra, former Supereme Court judge justice Subhashini Reddy said, “The experiment by journalists is good and I hope Mudra will publish impartial news”.

Senior journalists K Srinivas Reddy, D Amar, A Suresh, Subba Rao, D Krishna Reddy, K Ramnarayana, Virahat Ali, Narender Reddy and Vanam Venkateswaru were among those who attended the programme.

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