TITLE

Mainstream News Reporting Ignores Critical Water Issues

AUTHOR(S)
Kalshian, Rakesh
PUB. DATE
March 2005
SOURCE
Nieman Reports;Spring2005, Vol. 59 Issue 1, p59
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article addresses several issues concerning journalistic coverage of water issues occurring in India as of March 2005. According to the author, he was invited to a media workshop on water organized by the Asian Development Bank. The idea was to facilitate a frank dialogue between reporters and water experts on India's current water crisis and what could be done about it. We were seized by the gravity of the crisis. The symptoms of unrequited thirst were there for all to see and suffer: There are falling groundwater levels as people dig deeper in desperate search for more water; a flourishing water-market, mainly water tankers and bottled water, which too often gets its supplies from borewells in the farmlands located around the city; lastly, the increasing poisoning of groundwater by industrial, agricultural and municipal wastes, not to mention the naturally occurring dangerous chemicals like nitrates and fluorides in groundwater, which threaten to spiral into major public health disaster.
ACCESSION #
16649405

 

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