Agencies, New Delhi
President Pranab Mukherjee today said the media should have a ‘’self correcting mechanism’’ to rid itself of some sections promoting “paid news” and disseminating opinions in the guise of neutral reporting. Inaugurating the platinum jubilee celebrations of The Indian Newspaper Society (INS), Mr Mukherjee said,’’it was distressing to note that some publications have resorted to ‘paid news’ and other such strategies to drive their revenues. ‘’There is need for self-correcting mechanisms to check such aberrations,’’ he said.
On the occasion, the President also called upon the media to resist the temptation to ‘’dumb down’’ news saying that the nation faces critical challenges that go well beyond the pressure of ‘Breaking News’ and immediate headlines.
‘’While you must continue to be effective raconteurs, you must also be visionary nation builders. You are after all the crystal ball that millions of Indians gaze at,’’ he said.