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10:08 pm - Wednesday February 21, 2018

Use editorial freedom wisely in public interest, Media should maintain credibility : PM

 

Chennai ,

Observing that editorial freedom must be used wisely in public interest, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while urging the media to maintain credibility, today said the press, called the Fourth Estate, was definitely a power, but to misuse that power was criminal.

Participating in the platinum jubilee celebrations of leading Tamil daily ‘Daily Thanthi’ here, he said he has often heard people wonder, as to how the amount of news that happens in the world every day always just exactly fits the newspaper.

‘On a serious note, we are all aware, that there is just too much that happens in the world everyday’, he added. Pointing out that it was the editors who select and decide
what was important and they decide what should be given space on the first page, what should be given more space and what should be ignored, Mr Modi said, this of course, casts upon them, a great responsibility.

‘Editorial freedom must be used wisely, in public interest’, he said. ‘Equally so, the freedom to write, and to decide what is to be written, does not include the freedom to be “less than accurate,” or “factually incorrect’, he added.’As Mahatma Gandhi himself told us: “The press is called the Fourth Estate. It is definitely a power, but, to misuse that power is criminal’, Mr Modi said.

Even though media might be owned by private individuals, it serves a public purpose.
‘As scholars say, it is an instrument to produce reform through peace, rather than by force. Hence, it has as much social accountability as the elected government or the
judiciary’, the Prime Minister said, adding, its conduct must be equally, above board.

“There is nothing in this world except ethics, which will bring both reputation and wealth together”,he said.

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