Thiruvananthapuram: Desisting from
`clandestine` operations, the media, which represents the
people should focus on their common interests, Press Council
Chairman G N Ray said on Saturday.
"Media should not shift focus from the common interests of
people at large. Media represents people and their voice
should he heard," he said inaugurating a national seminar on
`Paid news, a threat to democracy` organised by Kerala
Journalists Union (KJU) here on Saturday.
More than politicians, mediapersons are much more closer
to society. Any news coming in media in turn of favour of any
sort would be disastrous, he said.
K Keshava Rao, MP, who delivered the keynote address, said
democracy would fail if elections were not fairly held. Access
to politicians with money power was corrupting democratic
system, he said.
The media, Rao said, had a tremendous responsibility to
ensure India leaps forward in economic and social sectors.
Rao said the process of educating the people was now left
to media and they should be aware of it. "They can do or undo
an issue," he said.
Indian National Journalists Union president Suresh
Akhouri, KJU state president G Prabhakaran, eminent journalist
K M Roy and former Planning Board Member C P John were also