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The Green Pen: Environmental Journalism in India and South
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The Green Pen: Environmental Journalism in India and South Asia

Keya Acharya & Frederick Noronha

Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: May 31, 2012 | DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9788132107958 | Print ISBN: 9788132103011 | Online ISBN: 9788132107958 | Publisher:SAGE Publications India Pvt Ltd

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Chapter 32: The Chipko and Appiko Movements

The Chipko and Appiko movements The Chipko-Appiko(Hug the trees) movement is a classical case in which the grass roots movement to protect the forests and natural resources gets national and international coverage in the media. Unfortunately it is also a classic case of the media playing to the tunes of the whims and fancies of the journalists who have tried to change the course of the movement and in the process have created rifts within the movement by distorted coverage. The history of the Chipko struggle is also the history of how media coverage can have a negative impact on the movements. The launching of the movement by the hill women in the remote Himalayan village was first covered by the Hindi press. It was Anupam Mishra, a freelance journalist who reported the historic event. This was followed up by the English media. Anil Agarwal, then a reporter for the ...

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