Malcom X once said, “The media is the most powerful entity on earth. They control the minds of the people. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power.”
Now imagine if this power was concentrated in the hands of just a few nations. Nations that are already powerful in almost every other social and economic aspect. I believe it would be safe to say that this power would be immensely prone to misuse.
The gap between how different countries see the world is enormous and this makes it necessary to establish a diverse and representative media that can grasp the fabric of different societies.
Western hegemony over media not only makes the representation of diverse groups restricted, but also fails to provide genuine information that can cater to every individual. A media source based in the United Kingdom will think first and foremost of the impact on its citizens while broadcasting news before it thinks about the impact on its international viewers.
Media is the mirror of society and it is about time that it starts reflecting the true image of the world.