Vice President of India M Venkaiah Naidu said that Journalists must ensure that people are correctly informed and not become captive receivers of biased and partisan information.
He also said that rural people and underprivileged people should be given more say in reporting.
“Journalism is a noble profession and all of you as flag-bearers of this vocation must ensure that people are correctly informed and not become captive receivers of biased and partisan information,” Naidu said.
Vice President along with Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani attended the valedictory session of the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Press Council of India in New Delhi.
Addressing the gathering VP Venkaiah Naidu said that present-day journalists should return to the core values of accuracy, fairness, objectivity, newsworthiness, and independence.
“The haste to beat your rivals or competitors should not lead to inaccurate reportage. Deliberate slanting of news, providing disproportionate coverage to issues, organizations or personalities while relegating hard news to single columns or fillers or giving prominence to a non-issue that creates more tensions among people are some of the dangerous trends,” he said.
Vice President said that core values that guided journalism in the past are not being observed and news is being increasingly coloured with views which are consistent with the line taken by the management of the news organization.
“During independence struggle, the press became an important vehicle to inspire the people and voice their aspirations and several newspapers and journals, particularly the vernacular ones, played a crusading role in the freedom movement,” Naidu said.