Media should present news in right perspective: Hooda

Hooda was addressing media representatives at the 16th Biennial Convention of National Union of Journalists at Bhoda Kalan village near Gurgaon.

Last Updated: Nov 27, 2010, 22:19 PM IST

Gurgaon: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder
Singh Hooda Saturday said media should develop its own code of
conduct and present news in the "right perspective".

"There is a feeling of competition among various media
organisations to prove that they are fast and ahead of others.
In such a situation, many important things are left out and
things are not presented in right perspective. This affects
the credibility of the media," he said.

The chief minister said bringing to limelight
shortcomings of the government and evils of society is the
duty of press but regretted that for publishing news, money or
advertisement is expected and news is presented in the form of
advertisement, which misleads readers.

Recollecting the role played by media in India`s freedom
struggle movement, Hooda said at that time journalism was a
mission but now it has become a vocation.

Hooda was addressing media representatives at the 16th
Biennial Convention of National Union of Journalists (NUJ) at
Bhoda Kalan village near Gurgaon today.

He also favoured the idea of having a Media Council
for the electronic media on the lines of the Press Council.

Journalism in politics is alright but there should be no
politics in journalism, he said adding, reporters should keep
in mind what effect the news is going to have on society and
the nation.

Hooda said the cooperation of media has always
forthcoming for propagating policies and welfare schemes of
the government.

"Sometimes, government comes to know about its
shortcomings through the newspapers and action is immediately
taken to correct the situation. Politicians and press need
support of each other, so they are complimentary," Hooda said.

PTI