UNESCO rolls out first African MOOC on freedom of expression and safety of journalists
Mangaluru, December 5th, 2017 (SIGNIS India). “Media today seems to have lost control. It has become an industry which works for business, circulation and Target Rating Point. Very rarely do we come across media houses that strictly follows journalistic principles,” said Dr. G. P. Shivaram, professor at the Mangalore University, at the seminar entitled ‘Whether media needs curbs’ organised by Sandesha Foundation and Media Alumni Association of Mangalagangothri (MAAM), India.
“Indian media enjoy freedom but are not independent. This issue needs to be pondered and discussed. Media today is polarized because of political, religious and corporate affiliations. This leads to bias while covering news. Though all are not biased, the opinion of people about media in general affects journalists who are on the right track,” he added.
“When Mumbai was attacked by terrorists, some channels started live coverage which went continuously up to 60 hours. They covered everything from the army personnel’s movements to strategies. People who watched this news did not gain anything much. However, the enemies who were targeting our country got a clear plan about the army’s strategies. The media channels did not think that the coverage was helping the enemy and that they were putting national security at risk,” he said. “There is a need to give people a chance to point out the faults of the media. Realization and correction will help one to become an ethical journalist”.
Presiding over the programme, Fr. Victor Vijay Lobo, Secretary of SIGNIS India, said that people want media to become the mirror of the society. “Media should reflect things which are useful to the society and help in correcting the society and system. Media should be helpful to the judiciary and executive. It should uphold the democratic rights of the citizen,” he said.
Sandesha aims to promote quality journalism and every year, conducts journalism courses for aspirants. This seminar aims to start a healthy debate and discussion among journalists.