The Free Press Journal

The Free Press Journal is an Indian English-language daily newspaper that was established in 1930 by Swaminathan Sadanand, who also acted as its first editor. First produced to complement a news agency, the Free Press of India, it was a supporter of the Independence movement. It is published in Mumbai, India.

The Free Press Journal
The 1 June 2012 front page of the Mumbai edition of The Free Press Journal
TypeDaily Newspaper
Owner(s)Indian National Press
PublisherIndian National Press
Editor-in-chiefG. L. Lakhotia
Associate editorS. S. Dhawan
Founded1930 [1]
HeadquartersFree Press House, Free Press Journal Marg, 215, Nariman Point, Mumbai 400021


The founder editor was Swaminathan Sadanand.[2] It was founded in 1930 to support Free Press of India, a news agency that dispatched "nationalist" news to its subscribers.[3] In the colonial context, Colaco describes it as "an independent newspaper supporting nationalist causes". She quotes Lakshmi as saying that "The nationalist press marched along with the freedom fighters".[4] It played a significant role in mobilising sympathetic public opinion during the independence movement.[5]

Notable former employees

Among its founders was Stalin Srinivasan who founded Manikkodi in 1932. Bal Thackeray worked as a cartoonist for the newspaper until being removed from the job. Thackeray then founded Marmik.[6] According to Atkins he was removed "after a political dispute over Thackeray's attacks on southern Indian immigration into Bombay"[7] Notable cartoonist R. K. Laxman joined The Free Press Journal as a twenty-year-old. He was Thackeray's colleague. Three years into the job, he was asked by his proprietor not to make fun at communists, Laxman left and joined The Times of India.[8]

Support to Jewish refugee medical doctors

It supported the practice rights of Jewish doctors who had taken refuge in Mumbai fleeing persecution in Germany, in the 1930s. Indian doctors opposed their right to practice claiming that Germany did not have reciprocal arrangements for Indian doctors. The Free Press Journal argued that this was against the "ancient Indian traditions of affording shelter from persecution".[9]


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See also


  1. Official Document about Free Press Journal
  2. Arnold P. Kaminsky; Roger D. Long (30 September 2011). India Today: An Encyclopedia of Life in the Republic. ABC-CLIO. pp. 340–. ISBN 978-0-313-37462-3. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
  3. Asha Kasbekar (2006). Pop culture India!: media, arts, and lifestyle. ABC-CLIO. pp. 111–. ISBN 978-1-85109-636-7. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
  4. Bridgette Phoenicia Colaco; Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Mass Communication and Media Arts (2006). What is the news o Narada? Newspeople in a new India. ProQuest. pp. 46–. ISBN 978-0-549-22400-6. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
  5. Centre for Studies in Civilizations (Delhi, India) (2010). Social sciences: communication, anthropology and sociology. Longman. pp. 218–. ISBN 978-81-317-1883-4. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
  6. Ravinder Kaur (5 November 2005). Religion, violence, and political mobilisation in South Asia. SAGE. pp. 88–. ISBN 978-0-7619-3431-8. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
  7. Stephen E. Atkins (2004). Encyclopedia of modern worldwide extremists and extremist groups. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 317–. ISBN 978-0-313-32485-7. Retrieved 12 March 2012.
  8. Rukun Advani (1997). Civil lines: new writing from India. Orient Blackswan. pp. 110–. ISBN 978-81-7530-013-2. Retrieved 12 March 2012.
  9. Joan G. Roland (1998). The Jewish communities of India: identity in a colonial era. Transaction Publishers. pp. 179–. ISBN 978-0-7658-0439-6. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
  10. Details about The Free Press Journal

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