Democracy cannot survive without a free, fearless press; News must not be tempered with views, says Vice President

free and fearless press in democracy

Democracy cannot survive without a free,  fearless press; News must not be tempered with views, says Vice President

Punjab E News (New Delhi):-  The Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu today stressed that a strong and vibrant democracy cannot survive without a free, unfettered and fearless press. Suggesting that India needs a robust, independent and vibrant media to strengthen the roots of democracy, Naidu cautioned against the erosion of values in the media. Calling for unbiased and objective reporting, ‘News should not be mixed with views’, he stressed.

   Addressing a gathering at the Press Club of Bangalore to mark the Club’s 50th anniversary year, the Vice President observed that a free and fair Press complements an independent judiciary when it comes to strengthening the constitutional rule of law.

   Noting that in the past, journalism was considered a mission in which news was sacrosanct, Naidu underscored the fact that good journalism hinges on unbiased and truthful coverage of events and in their credible transmission to the people.

   Expressing concern over the steep decline in journalistic standards over the years, Shri Naidu said that the recent rise of social media has only muddied the waters further. “Today, we find news constantly fused with opinion. So much so that sometimes one tends to feel that neither newspapers nor television channels give an accurate picture of some events,” he added. 

   He suggested that the Parliament and the government look into the matter of fake news on social media and come up with an effective and reliable way to deal with fake news.

   Referring to several legendary news editors of yesteryears like Khasa Subba Rau, Frank Moraes and Nikhil Chakravarty, the Vice President said they never coloured news with their opinion and always respected the Lakshman Rekha between news and opinion. He suggested that news professionals today should take inspiration from journalism stalwarts who contributed immensely during the freedom struggle and during the Emergency. 

   Stressing that news must not be tempered with views, he advised media persons never to compromise on facts and to always present them without fear or favour.


Apr 25 2022 10:49AM
free and fearless press in democracy
Source: Punjab E News

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