New Delhi, Jan 2 (ANI): Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Monday said that the Indian media must fight the malaise of 'paid news' and advocates media freedom.
Speaking at a function here in which he released a book and a postage stamp issued in the memory of late Puran Chandra Gupta, the founder of Hindi daily Dainik Jagaran, Dr. Singh said that 'paid news' has been a curse but at the same time sounded positive that the India media shall emerge victorious in combating it.
"I am confident that the Indian media will itself take the initiative of fighting the malaise called paid news. I am sure that it will be successful in eliminating it," he added.
Dr. Singh remarked that the media should be completely emancipated and should disseminate information in a free and fair manner.
Dr. Singh further said that the media needs to curb the practice of emphasizing the most lurid, shocking and emotive aspects of something under investigation or discussion and give more attention in providing constructive news.
"According to me today there is a broad consensus around that there should be absolutely no outside influence on the media. But I also agree that media representatives should sit together and find a way to become even more impartial and show more objectivity. Also, sensationalism should be reduced," he added.
Lauding Puran Chandra Gupta for encouraging independent and fearless reporting throughout his life, Dr. Singh said such journalism is quite necessary for any democracy.
" He (Gupta) was of the firm belief that the aspirations and sentiments of people of India can be expressed only through newspapers in Indian languages," he added. (ANI)