the entire nation is

the entire nation is standing with him today. National security cannot be handled like public meetings. As per the report.

40 of 51 candidates?New Delhi: Within 24 hours of its assurance to launch the next round of odd-even scheme without exemptions the NGT directed the Delhi government to implement the road rationing scheme without any exemptions for women drivers and two-wheelers. It is difficult to discriminate against anyone qualifying in these physical tests, Thus,ways of making communists irrelevant to?Mr Newspaper, as BG Verghese characterised Ramnath Goenkacame to embody the fight for the fundamental right of freedom of speech and of the press As a Gandhian and freedom fighterpolitician and industrialistcitizen and activisthe remains an exceptional personality of his time He was Indias Pulitzer The awards instituted in his name to celebrate excellence in journalism are a fitting tribute to his courage and commitment The world as we know is experientially shrinking and it has changed the paradigm of productiontransmission and consumption of media products Three aspects of itpertaining to journalismare note worthy: Firstit has become evident that technology is neither value-neutral nor inherently equity-driven It takes on the form and structure of the society where it operates It is only an instrumentality and not a panacea The hard work of defining and implementing a value system and a vision for an organisationa society or polity cannot be substituted by technology Secondconvergence between news mediaentertainment and telecom has eroded the demarcation between journalismpublic relationsadvertising and entertainment So is the case between businesscommercephilanthropypolitics and profession It is not clear where public interest ends and private interest beginswhere profit ends and not-for-profit beginswhere government ends and non-government beginswhere ones fist ends and the others nose begins This has significantly enhanced the complexity of our working and personal lives and created new ethical dilemmas that lie at the core of many issues of public debate today Thirdthe public purpose of journalism that guided us in an earlier era has changed Gandhiji was probably the first editor in the history of Indian journalism to have started a newspaper for the express purpose of breaking the law governing the publication of newspapers He was also one of the first editors to be prosecuted for sedition It was this public purpose of journalism that had propelled Ramnathji into the newspaper business In a changing worldit would be useful to remember that vibrant journalism in a democracy is watchdog journalism It monitors the exercise of power and influence in society and stands for the rights and freedoms of citizens It informs and empowers rather than entertains and titillates them Vibrant journalism is based on professional ethics and should be the rule in a democracyrather than the exception it has come to be Our mediaand democracyare fortunate that we have shining examples of journalists who not only embody the ethical dimensionbut sadlyalso laid down their life for the same The media is the fourth estate in a democracy It plays a major role in informing the public and thereby shape perceptions and through it the national agenda Adherence to accepted norms of journalistic ethics and maintenance of high standards of professional conduct is deemed to be a natural corollary Experience shows that the best guarantee for safeguarding the public interest is to have strong and independent-minded editors Todaythey are an endangered species The slow erosion of the institution of the editor in Indian media organisations is a reality When media space and media products are treated solely in terms of revenue-maximisation strategieseditors end up giving way to marketing departments Media norms are an issue of public debate I have two points to make Firstthe objective of norms in other democratic societies is to enhance diversitycompetition and localism among media outlets and to promote public interest with a focus on upholding constitutional valuesprotecting minors and limiting advertising Intrusive content regulation is minimised because those who are aggrieved can resort to legal means in the knowledge that the justice delivery system will address their grievances in a reasonable time period Unfortunatelythe same cannot be said about our justice delivery system The time taken to settle court cases deters individual citizensand even corporatesfrom seeking legal options This makes imperative the search for alternate tools for the redress of grievances Secondwe have as yet not had an informed debate on the issue of multiple-ownership and cross-ownership nor a cogent national media policy that covers all platforms This is at variance with the practice of other developed democracies The impact of the emergence of a handful of media conglomerates spanning the media spectrum in moulding public opiniongenerating political debate and safeguarding consumer and public interest is a moot question The matter assumes urgency in the wake of moves towards consolidation in the media sector While the entry of large corporates into the media sector is to be expectedespecially to address the growing capital requirementsensuring transparency and instituting effective and independent oversight in consultation with the industry could address such concerns I would like to refer to one other aspect of the profession The structural biases of the development process have favoured urban areas over rural onesmetropolitan over other urban areasEnglish-speaking over those speaking other Indian languagesthe middle and upper classes over the othersand the service sectors over other areas such as agriculture These biases have prompted the media to resort to sunshine journalism where the focus is on the glass that is quarter-full rather than that which is three-quarters empty When this occursthe role of the media as a defender and upholder of public interest does get dented and relegated to the background I would also take the opportunity to seek better development and harnessing of the human capital of journalists Just as IT and other industries train their personnelthe press must take the lead in training and professionally updating journalists Failure on this front by editors and managers would prompt imposition of professional standards by outsidersas was recently done by the Supreme Court Issues of ethics and professionalism of the media appear to invade all aspects of our lives politicaleconomic and social Even a distinguished gathering such as this meant to honour the blessed memory of Ramnathji and honour excellence in journalism is not immune from allegations centred on ethical issues It is for the journalist community to take the initiative and seek to address the various concerns regarding the profession Hamid Ansari is the vice-president of India This is excerpted from his speech at the fifth Ramnath Goenka Awards for Excellence in Journalism on January [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Harbans Mukhia | Updated: April 21 2015 12:21 am The CPM’s target is not and should not merely be mobilisation to win elections Yechury has rightly laid equal stress on keeping the social fabric of 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