chapter  27
15 Pages

Environmental journalism in India

Past, present, and future
WithMaitreyee Mishra

“The state of India’s natural environment has perhaps never looked bleaker,” writes the author of this chapter. While newspapers continue to thrive in India, “environmental concerns are usually an afterthought.” Social media are on the rise, but are sometimes the source of fake news. The deadly Union Carbide gas leak in Bhopal in 1984 “was unlike anything Indian journalists had covered in terms of environmental news, and in many ways, it affected the future coverage of disasters.” Nevertheless, very few Indian news media have developed environmental sections and the day-to-day chronic environmental issues inherent in this developing nation receive scant news coverage.