New Delhi: Sensationalism, paid news and mixing of news with views and fake news have become the bane of modern-day journalism, said Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday.
He opined that it was important for a journalist to be objective and remain committed to the core values of journalism.
Addressing the gathering after inaugurating the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Kollam Press Club, in Kollam, Kerala today, he asked media organizations to focus more on rural issues including agriculture, shortcomings in the system and promote accountability.
Instead of focusing on negativity, the Vice President said that it was important for newspapers to accord importance to development journalism and report on challenges relating to agriculture, urban-rural divide, climate change, gender equality, and women’s safety, impact of rapid urbanization, illiteracy, poverty and delivery of health services, among others.
Naidu said that the time has come for media bodies to come out with a code of conduct for journalists in view of the critical role journalism plays in protecting democracy and in serving the larger good of the society.
The Vice President said that Journalists must never shirk from the core principles of journalism like independence and objectivity and shun unhealthy practices such as sensationalism.
Naidu advocated for prescribing a minimum educational qualification for aspiring journalists and said that it was absolutely necessary to ensure that the standards and ethics of journalism are maintained and not compromised. He further added that journalists should be ensured income security.
The Vice President asked Journalists who are flag-bearers of a noble profession, to ensure that people do not become captive receivers of biased and partisan information.