Paid news a menace in society: Vice President Naidu

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, former prime minister Manmohan Singh and Lokmat Media Group Chairman Vijay Darda launch Marathi daily Lokmat's Delhi edition in its centenary year, in New Delhi on Thursday.

New Delhi: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, former prime minister Manmohan Singh and Lokmat Media Group Chairman Vijay Darda launch Marathi daily Lokmat’s Delhi edition in its centenary year, in New Delhi on Thursday.

Paid news has become a “menance”, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said today, and asked newspapers to use their “power” wisely for the benefit of society.

“Paid news has become a menace….it has become a weakness in the society,” he told a gathering at an event to mark the launch of the Delhi edition of leading Marathi daily ‘Lokmat’.

He said newspapers had the power to influence society which it should use wisely for the larger benefit of people.

Making a pitch for use of mother tongue, Naidu said he rose to his current position despite studying in a school in his native Andhra Pradesh where the medium of instruction was Telugu.

Naidu said parents pushing children to speak in English reflected their “weakness”. The vice president, however, clarified he was not against any language.