There should be no external control on the media:PM

New Delhi: Expressing concern over the
practice of paid news in the Indian media, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Monday said there should be no “external control” over media as it can
battle the “evils” like paid news on its own. He also stressed the need
for media to promote objectivity and reduce “sensationalism”.


“There
should be no external control on the media, but media representatives
by general consensus should find a way that would promote objectivity
and reduce sensationalism,” Manmohan Singh said here while issuing a
postage stamp in the honour of late Puran Chandra Gupta, founder of
Hindi daily Dainik Jagran.


Talking about the role of media in
removing paid news, he said: “I am confident that to remove the evils
like paid news, the Indian media will make attempt and be successful.”


He
stressed the need for media to focus on issue of national importance.
“The media should increase the coverage of those issues which are
important for the country.”


“The role and functioning of
media has always been discussed ever since we got our freedom. I am very
happy that our media is independent and it has an important role in the
country,” he said.


Lauding the contribution of Gupta, Manmohan
Singh said: “He promoted fearless and independent journalism throughout
his life and this kind of journalism is very important for any
democracy.”


Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh were also present at the function.

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