M.J. Akbar to launch new political magazine

April 11th, 2008 - 5:05 pm ICT by admin  


New Delhi, April 11 (IANS) M.J. Akbar, eminent journalist and author, is going to launch a fortnightly political magazine next month. Titled Covert, the news magazine hopes to bring a cutting political edge back to journalism.

“It will be a sharply political magazine with solid investigative pieces,” Akbar told IANS. He pointed out that in a democracy there was always the need and the space for fearless political reportage.

“In a democracy you vote. And you cannot vote on the basis of ignorance,” said the former editor of newspapers The Telegraph and Asian Age and the magazine Sunday.

“We will uncover news, not disseminate information that has already become limp on the pages of a newspaper or opaque on a television screen,” stressed Akbar.

“I will be funding the magazine from my own resources,” he said.

Akbar left the Asian Age in March after a 15-year association.

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