Litterateurs condemn "paid news" concept



Guwahati: Eminent litterateurs of Assam have condemned the system of "paid news" in journalism and said such a concept will erode the value associated with the fourth estate.

Participating in a seminar on "Paid News", organised by Assam Union of Working Journalists (AUWJ), Assam Tribune Employees Union (ATEU) and Journalist Union of Assam (JUA) on the occasion of National Press Day today, they said the new concept had adversely affected the authenticity of news circulated by the print media in particular.

"There are instances of media stories being manipulated and planted mostly at the instance of the proprietor of the houses who are either big businessmen or political leaders", Lakhinandan Bora, former president of the Asom Sahitya Sabha, the apex literary body of the state, and editor of weekly "Goriyasi".

"In the electronic media the opinion of the journalists are given prominence rather than the main news content while the print media most of the stories are concocted," he said.

Eminent journalist and litterateur Radhika Mohan Bhagawati also criticised this latest trend in journalism and urged mediapersons to publish authentic and unbiased news.

Later a federation of the media bodies was formed which also included the Employees Union of PTI workers, Guwahati.

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