Time to introspect, VS tells journalists
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Last Updated: Friday, August 27, 2010, 20:44
Thiruvananthapuram: Introspection and self- correction on the part of journalists were vital in the current context to guard against undersirable tendencies like "paid news syndrome", Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan said today.

Considering the critical role they were expected to play as the fourth pillar of the democracy, it was important that journalists re-dedicated themselves to the values and social commitments upheld by pioneers in Indian media, the Chief Minister said.

He was inaugurating a seminar on "ethical journalism-- perspectives and practice" organised by Kerala Union of Working Journalists (KUWJ).

It would be quite wrong to say that crisis of values was a problem afflicting journalism alone at a time when all spheres of life were controlled by market forces.

Despite their limitations, journalists should always bear in mind that the social responsibilities entrusted on them and that they were not expected to work like 'robots' under the diktats of market forces and the media corporates, he said.

Majority of mainstream media in India supported the economic liberalism and globalisation without bothering about thier adverse consequences on the society as a whole.

Unstinted support given to this economic philosopy by mainstream media had emboldened the Centre to pursue policies of privatisation and economic liberalistation. Ironically, this had helped media capitalism to strengthen in the country creating insecurities among the mediapersons themselves, Achuthanandan observed.

Senior Congress leader G Karthikeyan said it was important that while criticising others including politicians, journalists also made some soul-search if they were following the ideals of the profession as set by their pioneering models.

The inaugural session was followed by a discussion on "paid news- a threat to media ethics". State Finance Minister T M Thomas Isaac, P Sainath (Rural Affairs Editor, The Hindu), media critic and former MP Sebastian Paul and trade union leader and former MP Thampan Thomas spoke on the subject.


First Published: Friday, August 27, 2010, 20:44

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