‘Media should stick to truth in race for breaking news’

Asking the media to maintain accuracy, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Umashankar Gupta today said it should not sacrifice truth in the race for breaking news.

Bhopal: Asking the media to maintain
accuracy, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Umashankar Gupta today
said it should not sacrifice truth in the race for breaking
news.

"It is true that there is fierce competition among
various media houses and they try to outdo each other in
breaking the news first, but in the process they should not
sacrifice the truth," Gupta said addressing a three-day long
workshop on "Media Relations in Crisis Situation."

The workshop was jointly organised by Madhya Pradesh
Police, Police Research and Development Organisation and
Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi.

Referring to the role played by media during 26/11 Mumbai
terror attack and Arushi murder case, Gupta said that while
reporting on such sensitive issues everyone must keep national
interest above everything and should not do anything in their
own interest which is detrimental to society and the nation.

Former DGP of Indo-Tibet Border Police (ITBP) Gautam Kaul
said that the motivation for organising the workshop came
after analysing the media`s role during Mumbai terror attack
and Arushi murder case.

During 26/11 Mumbai terror attack media reporting was
being watched not only across India but also in the
neighbouring country from where instructions were issued to
the terrorists by their handlers, he said.

Similarly, lot of "shortcomings" were noticed in the
way police officers addressed media in the Arushi murder case
therefore these workshops were being organised throughout
the country to sensitise media and the officials on handling
such issues, Kaul said.

Madhya Pradesh DGP S K Rout said though both internal
and external security were important, maintaining internal
security had become a challenge in view of the rising
terrorist and extremist activities in places like Chhattisgarh
and North-east areas among others.

In the workshop, police officers and media men will be
given information on the concept of news, press conferences
and cautions to be taken while preparing press notes during
emergency situations.

PTI

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