Leave to viewers right to judge news: Antony

News television channels should air both versions of a news story and leave to viewers the right to evaluate each news item, Defence Minister AK Antony said on Saturday.

Thiruvananthapuram: News television channels
should air both versions of a news story and leave to viewers
the right to evaluate each news item, Defence Minister AK
Antony said on Saturday.

"The viewers should have the right to judge which is
black and which is white. While reporting news, be it on a
social, political or cultural event, channels should give both
versions of a story," Antony said after inaugurating the new
office and studio complex of the `Asianet` TV channel here.

He said in an era of competition, it was difficult for
channels to be straight while reporting news. However, each
channel should try its best to gain credibility while
improving ratings as part of their profession.

Antony commended `Asianet` channel for bringing a single
platform to Malayalees who were scattered across the globe,
something he said non-resident Malayalee organisations in
different countries could not achieve all these years.

He said many more applications for starting new channels
in Malayalam were pending before the Union I&B and Home
Ministries for clearance and the existing channels should be
prepared for tough competition.

`Asianet`, the first private TV channel in Malayalam,
could always retain the top spot despite stiff competition,
the Union minister said.

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, Opposition Leader V
S Achuthanandan, Jnanpith laureates M T Vasudevan Nair and O N
V Kurup and leaders of various political parties attended the
function.

PTI

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