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Last Updated: Sunday, August 09, 2009, 17:13
Palakkad: The Press Council of India on Sunday said a Commission should be set up to study the functioning of the electronic media to ensure they do not "cross the limits" while covering news.

Addressing a meet-the-press programme in Palakkad, the Council chairman, justice GN Ray, said there was a trend, especially among TV channels, to go after sensational news. Journalists should know the "Lakshman Rekha" of their freedom, he said.

The people would come out in protest if the media grew "too big for their boots" and freedom would be curbed if the media lost the support of the people, Ray said.

He said it was time the Press Council Act was amended to include stringent clauses, enabling it to implement the provisions in the Act. The existing legislation was 22 years old and should be updated, he said.

Justice Ray, who inaugurated a national seminar on 'The Role of Money Power in Elections' organised by the Indian Journalists Union (IJU) here last evening, said media coverage of polls at present did not focus on real issues of the people, but was led by sensationalism and glamour.

In the age of globalisation, media was increasingly being governed by market forces. The media should address serious issues to eradicate social and political evils, Ray said.

Though media institutions had the right to profess their own political beliefs, it was also under an obligation to ensure fair and accurate reporting on public issues and policies, he said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, August 09, 2009, 17:13

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