Accuracy, objectivity have taken back seat in media: Reddy

Hyderabad: Regretting that accuracy and objectivity have taken a backseat in media in the country, Union Urban Development Minister S Jaipal Reddy today said the trend should end.

"Whether it is in print or in TV channels, comments are replacing facts. Facts are sacred. I don't think this is a correct trend at all. Life is a flux. But certain basic propositions have to be stable," he said after releasing a book 'Dateline Andhra & an Overview of political movements in Andhra'.

When reporters tend to comment, their own personal views or political philosophy is reflected in the report, Reddy said. "What you see must be reported, when you comment, your philosophy comes into picture," he said. Regretting the fall in media's standards, as in politics, Reddy called for upholding ethics in every walk of life.

"Both politicians and journalists seem to be competing with each other in bringing down standards in their respective professions. Be true to yourself. There is no better honesty," he said.

Paying rich tributes to the author of the book, late R J Rajendra Prasad, who was Chief of Bureau of The Hindu in Hyderabad, Reddy said Prasad possessed the best values and qualities of a journalist.

"He (Rajendra Prasad) was my great friend. He had opinions but he was not opinionated. He never sought any favours. These qualities should be emulated by all journalists," Reddy added.