RNG Awards: People today don’t get news but views, says PM Modi on media’s responsibility

Talking about the role of media, Modi said it has expanded and with the advent of social media people now have different sources of information.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 3, 2016 12:10 am
rng awards, ramnath goenka, ramnath goenka awards, rng award 2016, rng award winners, ramnath goenka award winners, journalism awards Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Ramnath Goenka Journalism award function in New Delhi on Wednesday. Express photo by Prem Nath Pandey

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spelt out the challenges to the media in this age of technology and social media at the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards in the national capital on Wednesday. Talking about the responsibility of media, Modi said that people today don’t get news but views. “People now have a lot of news. In this context, maintaining credibility is a big issue and the biggest demand of time,” he said.

Expressing concern over the sensationalisation of news by media houses, Modi gave examples of how news outlets give sensational headlines to grab eyeballs.

“BMW car se Dalit ki maut. Modi sarkar ki kamartod budget (Dalit killed in road accident by BMW car, Unaffordable Modi government’s budget). Headlines like these confuse people,” said Modi.

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Talking about the role of media, Modi said it has expanded and with the advent of social media people now have different sources of information. “Today even a farmer in a village has a news to share,” said Modi.

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Setting two important matters before the media, Modi said he does not have any issue with the government being criticised by the media but there should be no mistake in reporting. National unity, he added, should be the priority as India is a diverse country.

“Any compromise is a news for you and you move on to the next news but such a compromise leaves behind deep wounds. We (politicians) may be making more mistakes than you but please
strengthen forces of national unity.

“Today you have different sources of information. People these days go through a newspaper not to read the news but only to check authenticity of the information they already have,” said Modi.

On a lighter note, Modi also thanked media as it made him popular “otherwise who knew me.”

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He also pitched for a world-class Indian media organisation to propagate the country’s view strongly across the globe and cited current debate on environment and global warming. He said such an organisation should not belong to the government.

He said all big countries are working for having a strong media voice at the global level and for India it is an opportunity as well as a challenge.

After his address, Chief Editor Indian Express Raj Kamal Jha addressed the audience. He deftly made a point that good journalism is not dead. “It’s not that good journalism is dying. It’s that bad journalism is making lot more noise than it used to 5 years ago. Good journalism should be defined by the work we celebrate today,” he said.

The Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards was instituted by the Ramnath Goenka Foundation in 2005 to celebrate the legacy of the founder of The Indian Express Group. Its categories cover investigative, political and sports journalism, non-fiction writing, feature writing, sports and entertainment, commentary and work done in regional languages.

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First Published on: November 2, 2016 8:27 pm
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    Kanda
    Nov 2, 2016 at 4:02 pm
    When will Modiot get to work?lt;br/gt;Either on foreign visits, selfies, or getting close with tigers.
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      Mvyas
      Nov 2, 2016 at 5:23 pm
      There is a very wide gap between excellence journalism and news served by IE... Goenkaji must have been disappointed today seeing IE's contribution towards excellence...
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        MyTake
        Nov 2, 2016 at 6:45 pm
        (“Today you have different sources of information. People these days go through a newspaper not to read the news but only to check authenticity of the information they already have,” said Modi.)lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Plus people go through news in most cases only to read the sensible blogs. Bloggers one day going to replace the long and boring editorial write ups in some cases and that is where the future of traditional media is, unless of course they upgrade themselves before the bloggers take over!
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          MyTake
          Nov 2, 2016 at 6:40 pm
          Not having true freedom of spirit rendered India to a position where none of its poor neighbor saw any benefit in even ociating with india! This is now part of history which was desired by some but cursed by many! Freedom of spirit that allows personality to grow was quite efficiently curtailed and media pla an important role in providing "His Master's Voice" on a mini "Kim Jong Un" way! lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Then India's only skill was to sibjugate its people in order to rein on them and that is where they were the only "Lion" in the "bush" which even a fox across the border could not care less!
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            MyTake
            Nov 2, 2016 at 6:30 pm
            Very much cirrectnobservation. Giving views and not news is. Why much colonial hangover. Some Indians "Important"'positions are fearful of their own shadow and that's why they prefer giving views and not news!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;But the good news is status quo is changing.
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              MyTake
              Nov 2, 2016 at 10:50 pm
              Arnab Gowsami is very much pionate about what he does and that is where his contribution lies. What ever he does he does with honesty. There is still much room for him to grow too, to challenge the world media. If he stays the course he will have the opportunity to learn through his "mistakes", and "missing gaps", get experience and probably come to challenge the big wigs in world stage. He has set a new direction for journalism in India with his very simple but bold step. Key is staying honest and committed and that will take some where where people would like to be with him!
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                MyTake
                Nov 2, 2016 at 10:27 pm
                Indian Media failed to come out of the colonial hangover. This is partly because they were deliberately cultivated in a particular way. Those who responded to the demand were given "worthy" place. If you need example plenty can can be given by name - just ask for it!
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                  SubbuI
                  Nov 3, 2016 at 9:47 am
                  NALAYAK NMODI'S NO1 BAKTH AND ARROGANT ARNAB GOSWAMI IS THE PRIME CULPRIT THAN THE VIEWA.HE ALLWAS ENFORCE HIS VIEWS RATHER THANCREPORTING NEWS. WHY NALAYAK N MODI INSTEAD OF ADVICING HIM HAS GIVEN HIM "Y" GRADE SECURITY SO AS HE CAN ABUSE AND REDICLE. BLACK MAIL.ANY BODY WHO DON'T AGREE HIS VIEWE BUT BELEIVE IN THE ACTUAL NEWS. lt;br/gt;INSTEAD OF ADVISING JOURNALISTS NALAYAK N MODI MUST GO TO SRINAGAR AND SEE WITH HIS OWN EYES WHAT CONDITION THE STATE IS AND SOLVE THE PROBLRM OVER THERE. THAT MUST BE HIS PRIORITY NOT THESE SELFIES
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                    rahul
                    Nov 2, 2016 at 6:42 pm
                    Is Raj Kamal Jha on a exit route after this?
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                      rahul
                      Nov 2, 2016 at 6:41 pm
                      So Raj Kamal Jha has a spine? He has the guts to speak against the wrongdoers? Does he actually have that courage to speak in front of Modi against whom he carried out vendetta for all these years or Goenkas have bought him with lures of higher posts and paychecks? Journalism of chaploos courage. Bravo.
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                        rahul
                        Nov 2, 2016 at 6:41 pm
                        So Raj Kamal Jha has a spine? He has the guts to speak against the wrongdoers? Does he actually have that courage to speak in front of Modi against whom he carriedbout vebdetta for all these years or Goenkas have bought him with lures of higher posts and paychecks? Journalism of chaploos courage. Bravo.
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                          ANIRBAN BANERJEE
                          Nov 2, 2016 at 5:54 pm
                          The role of the media is not to make any politician por.It is the media's responsibility to educate people on a variety of issues.We should all condemn yellow journalism .lt;br/gt;ANIRBAN BANERJEE, Professor of Sociology, The University of Burdwan
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                            A. KHAN
                            Nov 2, 2016 at 3:17 pm
                            yes he is the right PM today we should support him for good governance and development....i like him because NO SCAMS FOR THE PAST 2 YEARS. NOW MANY MUS LIMS ARE SUPPORTING MODI.
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                              Barb Dewyre
                              Nov 2, 2016 at 4:59 pm
                              The Prime Minister is absolutely right. When the leaders themselves spew out falsehoods, the media is constrained in their efforts to ferret out the truth and, therefore, provide what the politicians say are views. History will be subject to a lot of interpretation in the future.
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                                Bhuvan Raz
                                Nov 2, 2016 at 4:58 pm
                                Probably you can't see it. None can wake a perosn who is acting!
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                                  bitterhoney
                                  Nov 2, 2016 at 6:03 pm
                                  Everybody knew you, everybody knows you and your deeds.
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                                    George Cv
                                    Nov 2, 2016 at 3:21 pm
                                    The irony is that his chamcha arnob goswami is the biggest example of it !!
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                                      Ekta
                                      Nov 3, 2016 at 8:57 am
                                      People do not know anything about RSS and just conclude that is it is Anti -muslim. I belong to a family linked with RSS. I have attended many of their programs, but I never found them anti-muslim. In fact, I feel patriotic while attending their programs. I am proud of them.
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                                        Gaurav
                                        Nov 2, 2016 at 6:45 pm
                                        Raj Kamal Jha's secret love for Modi and Modi's secret hand on Raj Kamal Jha. Wonder what his brother Sanjay Jha has to say. Tsk Tsk.
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                                          GFaruki Faruki
                                          Nov 2, 2016 at 5:46 pm
                                          If the PM is afraid of views he is really afraid of a free press.
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                                            Sriniwasan
                                            Nov 2, 2016 at 3:36 pm
                                            Had the revered Ramnath Ji been alive,the present IE Editor Subhash would have appointed as his tea boy
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