The Newspapers Fail to Differentiate Between News and Views
Srinagar: Indicting newspapers for paid news and presenting views as news, the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today said newspapers were inflicted with diseases of paid news and believing that their views were important than actually reporting the news.
“Most of the newspapers are either the victims of paid news or they are victims of their own sense of importance. What you read is not what actually is happening but what is the perception of what is happening either in the eyes of the editor or worst still in the eyes of owner of that publication,” the Chief Minister said while speaking during launch of Kashmir edition of Chandigarh based newspaper Tribune here at SKICC.
Omar in his sermon on ethics of news reporting described a Chandigarh based newspaper “free from bias of corporate ownership, free from bias of views of individual owners.”
“More often only views you will get in this (Chandigarh based) paper are on the opinion page and rest of the newspaper is devoted to news and I think this is something most of the newspapers are struggling with,” the Chief Minister said.
Omar said inspite many changes Chandigarh based newspaper has resisted the disease of paid news and disease of believing that their views are more important than actually reporting the news.
Taking high moral ground, the Chief Minister said he has never been critical of critical coverage. However, he said, he was not in favour of unnecessarily critical coverage.
He said relationship between media and politician was that of love-hate. “Without media politicians have nothing serious to do. Same is true about media. Lot of what we (politicians) do is for perception of what we are doing,” Omar said.
Omar asked media that they should not rely much on his tweets. “One publication dubs me as twitter chief minister and when I don’t tweet another publication says I have gone silent,” the Chief Minister said.
Speaking on the occasion Governor N N Vohra said that objective and balanced media coverage of varied important issues relating to socio-economic development, governance and democracy would make an important contribution to protecting and enlarging the public interest.
“Excessive zeal to praise or blame cannot be the basis of good reportage,” he said.