Thiruvananthapuram: Media has a responsibility to inform people the truth behind allegations and counter allegations, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said here on Monday.
"Freedom of the press is non-negotiable in democracy. But the media also have a responsibility towards the public to tell the truth behind events and allegations," he said while releasing the book `From Fourth Estate to Rubber Estate - resignation letter of a journalist` written by noted journalist Joe A Scaria.
"These days allegations are made freely through media but they are refuted by those against whom they are levelled. People have a right to know the truth and it is the responsibility of media to tell the truth...People have a right to know the truth behind everything being reported and debated in media," Chandy said, apparently referring to the handling of solar panel scam by a section of media.
"Tolerance is most significant in democracy and people should be broad-minded to accept criticism. Freedom of the press will strengthen journalism. If it is interrupted, it will affect functioning of democratic polity," he said.