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Compared with many other developing countries, the Pakistani press is relatively unfettered, except for obstacles in the way of setting up media companies, which were part of the pre-1990 license raj.
The evolution of the Associated Press of Pakistan as the National News Agency owes its ispiration to the Father of the Nation, Quaid-e-Azam. The “Deliverance Day” (22 December 1939) was observed in response to the call issued by the Quaid-e-Azam to commemorate the elimination of the Congress Ministries in the seven Provinces of India, owing to difference on the question of the war effort).
There are several major publishing groups in India, the most prominent among them being the Times of India Group, the Indian Express Group, the Hindustan Times Group, The Hindu group, the Anandabazar Patrika Group, the Eenadu Group, the Malayala Manorama Group,the Mathrubhumi group, the Sahara group, the Bhaskar group, and the Dainik Jagran group.
India has more than forty domestic news agencies. The Express News Service, the Press Trust of India, and the United News of India are among the major news agencies.
In India, The Times of India is the largest English newspaper in circulation, with 2.14 million copies daily. According to the 2006 National Readership Study, the Dainik Jagran is the most-read, local-language (Hindi) newspaper, with 21.2 million readers.
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