Friday, March 23, 2012


Jammu Mar 23 (Only Kashmir): Mr. N. N. Vohra, Governor, and Mr. Omar Abdullah, Chief Minister, have stressed the importance of newspapers reporting fair and objective news, and reflected in the right perspective.
“You may act as prosecutors but passing judgments and jumping to conclusions is in no way the role of the press. When the story upon which media has passed judgment turns otherwise, it cannot be reversed, as the damage is already done”, the Chief Minister observed.
valid criticism on issues of governance, protection of Fundamental Rights, public service delivery and the functioning of institutions, the Governor underlined the importance of ensuring that news reporting and analysis is based on facts and entirely without any prejudice or prefixed agendas.
Governor and the Chief Minister were addressing a function organized by The Tribune Trust to launch “Jammu Tribune” here on Friday. The Governor was the Chief Guest at the function where the Chief Minister launched the “Jammu Tribune”.
Both the Governor and the Chief Minister, referring to the growth of IT sector and instant news availability to people through electronic devices, observed that this has generated a tremendous challenge for the print media to maintain its relevance.
Governor observed that the role of media in a democracy is that of a watchdog. “Like the Legislature, the print media has the responsibility of examining the performance of the Executive and highlighting public issues”, he said, adding that the reports in the media help in compelling the governments to take action on issues relating to governance, human rights, fundamental rights and other matters of public interest. However, he said that any judgment about right and wrong must be left to those concerned, without jumping to hasty conclusions and pronouncing verdicts.
The Governor said that there has been a growing trend, over the past years, of the media arriving at hasty conclusions and passing judgments on varied issues. He expressed the hope that the practice of objective news reporting and balanced analysis of events will be strictly followed by the media.
Chief Minister described media as one of the important pillars of democracy and highlighted its impact on the minds of people. He said that media now-a-days has become a mentor, investigator and prosecutor, but it should leave the role of judge to the people. “There are so many examples before us where media passes judgments and the facts ultimately prove differently. This is the point which pinches the shoe”, he said, adding that the passing of judgments without ascertaining facts, and biased projection of reports and individual slants is the cause for sleepless nights and not fair and truthful reporting.
Chief Minister also expressed surprise over the hypes created by media on certain issues and remaining totally quiet when the facts are proved otherwise. He gave the example of the children of an NRI couple in Norway.
Chief Minister also referred to the instant news reporting by electronic media and said that this scenario has thrown a great challenge on print media. He said in order to meet this challenge and maintain popularity among readers the print media has to prove prudent, vibrant, informative, educative and relevant.(OK)


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