- Complete black-our of news of the world.
- Breakdown of trade and commerce.
- Spread of numours.
- Disorder of civic life.
- Blow to educational social and political reforms.
- Perhaps to villagers it would mean nothing.
We are so much accustomed to newspapers that it is difficult to imagine the world without them. The first thing we do, as soon as we get out of our bed, is to look at the morning appear and if newspapers were stopped, we would feel as if something is missing from our life.
The first effect of stopping the newspapers would be that. there would be complete black-out of news. Then we shall know nothing about foreign countries. Let alone foreign news, we would not know what is happening in our own city if newspapers were stopped. It is the newspaper which brings us news from every nook and corner of our city or country.
The cotton market of New York affects the cotton market of Karachi and the market rates of London Stock Exchange affect the Stock Exchange at Shanghai or Capetown. If newspapers were stopped, businessmen would not be able to study the market rates of different countries. Of course, some of them can afford to communicate through cables and telegrams, but these can at best, be few and far between. The vast majority depend upon the newspapers for their news. Hence if newspapers were stopped, trade and business would suffer tremendously.
As soon as newspapers are stopped, all correct news would be unavailable. As a consequence, all sorts of rumors would go round Rumors not only make a mountain of a more-hill, but they can also create a mountain out of nothing. Especially in way times, romours can do grat harm. It is true that the government can supply information through the radio and by publishing communiques or by beating the drum in the villages, but it is crystal clear that such a device cannot reach all people.
There would be panic in the masses as soon as newspapers are stopped. Rumors would be believed as truths. The first instinct is fear. People would run for safety and a panic, would raid railway stations, grain shops and government officers. There would be complete disorder in civic life.
To the average man and woman, a newspaper is not only a source of news, but also of daily education. He learns his lesson of politics from newspapers. Now, if newspapers were stopped, a man’s political and civic education would be stopped. The average man reads hardly anything more than his newspapers and so, if newspapers were stopped he would get any thing to read. Again, it is through the newspaper that a fight for any social reform is carried no. They newspaper prepares the public for a social or political reform by constantly hammering it into their brains. If newspapers were stopped, all political awakening, social reforms and education would stop and we would be going back to the dark ages.
It may be argued that newspapers are a common feature of cities, but to the villages, newspapers mean nothing. They would behave in the same old way, newspapers or no newspapers. But this is not true. The villagers himself does not read the newspaper, but have you not seen a villager asking a visitor coming from the city, questions about recent events? They are usually satisfied with second – hand information, but if the city-man himself does not know anything, how is he going to enlighten the villager? He will only spread panic and fear in the village.