I was researching the latest paper to run Max Weaver's Grubbs comic strip, the Garhwal Post in India, and ran across the story below.
We've grown pretty lacadaisical about newspapers in the United States, both on the readership end and the publisher side. We all seem to have forgotten what newspapers can deliver that other media can't, and worse, why they should.
In many other parts of the world, newspapers are thriving, and where they are not thriving, their need is recognized. As an example, the Garhwal Post is the only English-language paper in Uttarakhand. This story reminds us that Whoever controls the media can in many ways control the People, because we can only make decisions based on the information we have access to.
Today most American newspapers are owned by a handful of media conglomerates, and studies show a level of distrust in American media that is higher than any time in this country's history. While media conglomerates continue to cause their newspapers to self-destruct, I look forward to new, independent publishers entering the field who aren't afraid to take risks and know what newspapers are all about.
Garhwal Post Workers Manhandled
DEHRADUN, 1 Oct: As many as 15 youths, reportedly on the way back from the launch party of a newspaper, manhandled employees of Garhwal Post who were pasting promotional banners on Tuesday night. Youths manhandled employees, put a bundle of flex banners on fire, and pulled down some GP hoardings. Manohar, an employee of Garhwal Post, was supervising two other hired employees in the putting up of banners at Behl Chowk on Rajpur Road at around 1:30 a.m. Inebriated youths who were on motorcycles stopped them from doing so and manhandled them before snatching the banners. They youths even threatened the employees that their bicycles would be set on fire if they continued to put up the banners.The youths then asked them where they had put similar banners and proceeded towards Clock Tower. When Garhwal Post people inspected the area, they found that banners and hoardings had been pulled down from many places including the Clock Tower, Gandhi Road and Chakrata Road. A complaint has been lodged with Dalanwala Police in this regard. Senior police officials were also immediately informed.
The youth are believed to be working in a national English Daily launched few days back.