Sakshi (newspaper)

Sakshi (transl: "The Witness") is an Indian Telugu language daily newspaper of India sold mostly in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.[1] According to the Indian Readership Survey (IRS) Q2 2019, Sakshi ranks sixteenth among the most circulated Indian-language dailies with a total readership (TR) of 1,064,661.[2] The newspaper is owned by Y. S. Bharathi, wife of the Chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy.[3]

Sakshi
Satyameva Jayate
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"సత్యమేవ జయతే"
(Truth Wins)
TypeDaily newspaper
FormatBroadsheet
Owner(s)Y.S Bharathi
PublisherJagathi publications Ltd.
EditorVardhelli Murali
FoundedMarch 24, 2008
LanguageTelugu
HeadquartersHyderabad, India
Circulation1,064,661 (as of Dec 2019)
Websitewww.sakshi.com

The newspaper everyday prints a picture of Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy, former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh on the top left corner as a tribute to him as he was the father-in-law of owner of the newspaper Y.S. Bharathi. As the newspaper is owned by Y.S. Bharathi, the wife of Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy who is the president of the political party YSR Congress Party, the newspaper is often criticized for publishing news in the support of YSR Congress Party and being biased against the other political parties.[4]

HistoryEdit

Sakshi was launched on 24 March 2008, the first regional newspaper designed by the world-renowned newspaper designer, Mario Garcia.[5] According to Price Water House Audit, the newspaper had an initial print run of 1,286,670.[citation needed]

CirculationEdit

According to the Audit Bureau of Circulation, circulation figures released in December, 2017, Sakshi is the second largest circulating newspaper in Telugu states (Telangana and Andhra Pradesh) after Eenadu with a circulation figure of more than 1.09 million.[6]

Sakshi began with 23 editions published simultaneously from 19 cities (in then Andhra Pradesh) along with the four metropolitan areas of Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Bangalore. This record was acknowledged by the Limca Book of Records. Sakshi was the second newspaper in India to publish all of its pages in colour. Sakshi is now available online every day with all of its editions along with the regional editions.[citation needed]

CriticismEdit

As the newspaper is owned by the YSR Congress Party, it is widely perceived as being always biased towards Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy.[7] The paper, along with its sister outlet Sakshi TV, is part of a recent trend wherein businesspersons-turned-politicians across India launched their own media organisations as part of a political strategy to influence public opinion to further their political interests.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "JD 2019 Highest Circulated (language wise).pdf" (PDF).{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ "JD 2019 Highest Circulated (across languages).pdf" (PDF).{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ "Owner of Sakshi TV and newspaper Y S Jaganmohan Reddy files case challenging the freezing of the Sakshi accounts. The CBI is directed to file its counter and the matter posted to Thursday. -- - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 31 August 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "Ex-minister Nara Lokesh files defamation suit against Sakshi newspaper | Visakhapatnam News - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 31 August 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ Tata, Madhavi (7 April 2008). "We Are The News". Outlook. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Sakshi Denies Plans to Sell the Stake". Greatandhra.com. 26 March 2019. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  7. ^ Arikatla, Venkat (10 August 2021). "AP finances: Jagan govt lacks strategy to counter TDP". greatandhra.com. Retrieved 31 August 2021.
  8. ^ "Media and Political affiliation in India | Media Monitor India".

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