Open (Indian magazine)

Open is an Indian English-language weekly magazine. Founded by Sandipan Deb, former executive editor of Outlook and editor of Financial Express,[1][2] it was launched on 2 April 2009 in 12 Indian cities.[3] The magazine is the flagship brand of Open Media Network, the media venture of RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group.[3][4]

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EditorS. Prasannarajan
CategoriesCurrent affairs and features magazine
PublisherArun Singh
First issueApril 2009
CompanyOpen Media Network Pvt Ltd
Based inNew Delhi

Staff changesEdit

A report in The Indian Express in April 2012 concerning government apprehension about army movements[5] was criticised in OPEN by the then editorial chairman of Outlook, Vinod Mehta, in an interview with Hartosh Singh Bal. Mehta called the story a mistake and a "plant". In May 2012, the Express sent a legal notice to Open asking for an apology, for the contentious story to be removed from the online edition, for OPEN to pay 500 crores to the Express, and for the journalists who wrote the contentious Express story.[6][7]

In November 2013, Hartosh Singh Bal, who was political editor of OPEN, was sacked.[8] The then editor, Manu Joseph, said that the magazine's proprietor, Sanjiv Goenka, thought that Bal's writings and appearances on television were resulting in him "making a lot of ... political enemies."[9] Joseph himself resigned when P. R. Ramesh became managing editor.[9][10][11]

Citing several instances of "press censorship", including the controversial firing of Hartosh Singh Bal, a July 2014 editorial in the New York Times commented that:

Press censorship seems to be back with a vengeance in India, this time imposed not by direct government fiat but by powerful private owners and politicians.[12]

In 2014, after Bal, Joseph, and Rahul Pandita had left, the magazine issued a clarification and expressed regret for the Mehta column. Mehta, Bal and Joseph then complained that the new editorial team of OPEN had violated journalistic norms because they had not been contacted before the issue of the clarification and that there was no way for OPEN to make the claims it was making in its clarification.[11][13][14]

As of 2014, the editor is S. Prasannarajan.[15] Rajmohan Radhakrishnan was its publisher until 2014 and was succeeded by Mohit Hira.[16] After his exit in 2016, Manas Mohan was appointed in his place but left after nine months and was replaced by Ashok Bindra in 2017.[17]

Neeraja Chawla joined as the CEO of Open Media Network in 2018.


  1. ^ Sandipan Deb-PanIIT 2012 Retrieved 14 March 2013
  2. ^ Sandipan Deb : From Management to Journalism 14 March 2013
  3. ^ a b Open- About us Retrieved 14 March 2013
  4. ^’s-ashok-bindra-moves-to-open-media- network-as-ceo-and-publisher_68825.html
  5. ^ "the night raisina hill was spooked". Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  6. ^ "Mother of all embarrassments". Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  7. ^ "What they are saying about Express sue report". Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  8. ^ "New York Times conversation with Bal". Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  9. ^ a b "Bal fired from Open magazine". Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  10. ^ "Perils of Editorial Freedom". Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  11. ^ a b "Bal, Open, and the perils of political journalism". Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  12. ^ "India's Press Under Siege". Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  13. ^ "Vindication?". Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  14. ^ "OPEN and Shut Up Case". Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  15. ^ "India Today's S Prasannarajan to join Open as Editor on February 6". Retrieved 14 March 2013.
  16. ^ "JWT's Mohit Hira joins Open Magazine as CEO". afaqs!. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  17. ^ "HT's Ashok Bindra moves to Open Media Network as CEO and Publisher - Exchange4media". Indian Advertising Media & Marketing News – exchange4media. Retrieved 5 March 2020.

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