Group to be set up to communicate with media during crisis
Government has decided to appoint a nodal group consisting of information officers attached with various Union ministries to act as an interface between the concerned ministry and the media.
New Delhi: Government has decided to appoint
a nodal group consisting of information officers attached with
various Union ministries to act as an interface between the
concerned ministry and the media in case of emergency
situations like the Mumbai terror attacks.
Minister for Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni
told mediapersons here today that the mechanism for this nodal
group is being worked out.
"During emergency situations, government will identify
spokespersons who would brief the media on a periodical basis.
Depending upon the nature of the emergency, the concerned
ministry`s representative will interact with journalists,"
The need for having such a mechanism was felt, when,
during the Mumbai terror attacks, police and security
personnel involved in the operation were seen directly
interacting with mediapersons, who had free access to the
locations, otherwise rendered out of bounds due to heavy
firing and shelling.
While television channels came up with their own self
regulated rules in the aftermath of the attacks, government
felt that information officers should be made nodal
spokespersons for various ministries at Central, state and
district levels for providing timely updates to mediapersons
during a crisis situation.