Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday, 4 January, said sensationalism of news is an insult to journalism and suggested that media men should refrain from it.
In his keynote address at the Ramnath Goenka excellence in journalism awards ceremony, Singh said any criticism of an individual or government should be taken in a sporting way.
Attended the 13th Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards function in New Delhi today. Goenkaji was an institution of journalism who made significant contribution in safeguarding democracy and freedom of press in the country. His contribution will always be remembered. pic.twitter.com/gGrc9TEh9x— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) January 4, 2019
"“I think media acts as mirror to the government. But that mirror should not be painted with any colour as it can pose a question mark on its credibility.”" - Home Minister Rajnath Singh
Lauding the role of late Ramnath Goenka, founder of The Indian Express newspaper, for his courageous journalism especially during the Emergency, Singh said "I believe that sensationalism of news is an insult to journalism. And I can say that Ramnath Goenka never allowed it while he was around."
He also advocated better relations between the media and the government.
"“It’s okay if there is no friendship between the media and the government, but there should be no discord between them.”" - Home Minister Rajnath Singh
He also asked journalists to be cautious on fake news or sponsored news as it may hit their credibility.
"Newspapers or media groups may have their ideology but it should not be reflected in a news item," he said.
Congratulations to all print and broadcast journalists who received Ramnath Goenka Awards today for their outstanding work. I wish them success in their future endeavours.— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) January 4, 2019
On the growing landscape of social media, Singh said the conventional media will not lose its importance no matter how the new media grows.
However, he cautioned that this credibility can be maintained as long as the conventional media continues to report facts.
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