Stop highlighting anti-social activities as ‘heroic acts’: Venkaiah Naidu to media

The minister also suggested that news should be separate from views and said that combining the both creates distortion.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: November 7, 2016 6:46 pm
ndtv, ndtv india, ndtv india ban, NDTV India black-out, Pathankot, Pathankot airbase attack, airbase attack, Pathankot attack, Pathankot terrorists, india news, indian express, indian express news Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting Venkaiah Naidu. (File Photo) Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting Venkaiah Naidu. (File Photo)

As Opposition and senior journalists continue to attack government for imposing a one-day ban on NDTV for its Pathankot attack coverage, Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday argued that media should avoid sensationalism and suggested that terrorism, extremism and anti-social activities should not be highlighted ‘as if they are heroic acts’.

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In a series of tweets, Naidu expressed his views on the role of media and its responsibility and how the credibility of a news item is of vital importance. “Media should avoid sensationalism as well as obscenity, vulgarity, violence should be reduced..while terrorism, extremism and anti-social activities should not be highlighted in Media as if they are heroic acts. Information with confirmation is great ammunition and credibility is very important,” Naidu tweeted.

The minister also suggested that news should be separate from views and said that combining the both creates distortion. “News should be news, views should be separate. Of late…this tendency has erupted, which is creating distortion, of combining news and views,” tweeted Naidu adding.

Talking about the strength of social media, Naidu said it is ‘spontaneous and interactive’ and said that he expect people to make judicious use of it in the larger national interest. “Social media is spontaneous and interactive.Such a medium is both an opportunity and a challenge. We believe people will take full advantage of SocialMedia,expect them to make judicious use of it in the larger national and individual good,” tweeted Naidu.

Earlier on Saturday, Naidu had said that the criticism of his ministry’s decision to ban NDTV India for a day was “politically inspired”, “ill informed” and “belated”. The minister had said that since the criticism of, and the reactions to, the order came a day after it was made public, it was “clearly an afterthought, suggesting motivated design to create a controversy where none existed”.

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First Published on: November 6, 2016 4:14 pm
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    Albert Colaco
    Nov 6, 2016 at 1:28 pm
    Well, if Venkaiah Naidu is to be taken seriously then most of the bluff and bluster coming from his party and fellow travellers would not be on the news pages. Truly, news only would cut down most of our dailies to 4 pages and tv news hour to tv news in a minute. So if You are really serious Minister, your party motormouths would be the biggest losers.
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      Nantha
      Nov 6, 2016 at 6:34 pm
      He says "ONLY HIGHLIGHT STATE TERRORISM LIKE COWARDLY ENCOUNTER MACRES AS HEROICS" . BECAUSE FOR BRAHMINS' JOKERS PARTY, COWARDLINESS IS HEROICS.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;FKKKK OFF VENKIAHA.
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        MyTake
        Nov 6, 2016 at 7:03 pm
        The fact of the matter is for Kanayias in life and in media and in the circle of stink tanks, terrorism and social activities are one and same!
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          SubbuI
          Nov 6, 2016 at 12:45 pm
          This chap venkaiah NAIDU is a real COPYCAT.WHEN NALAYAK N MODI USE SOME SENSELESS AND UN CONNECTED WORDS AND FRACES THIS JOKER REPEAT IT VERY DUTYFULLY ON NEXT TWO THREE. DAYS . NEWS AND VIEWS IS NOT A ISSOLATED USAGE . lt;br/gt;NOW IN SIMILAR LINE TO JAYALALITA IN TAMIL NADU. THE BIG POTRAIT IMAGES OF NALAYAK NMODI ARE PLACED BEHIND MOST OR ATLEAST THE MOST S OFFICE BEHIND THEIR WORKING TABLES, IT WILL NOT BE TOO FAR FROM YOU CAN WATCH MODI BATCHES ON THEIR SHIRTS SLEEVES
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            aakash
            Nov 6, 2016 at 7:02 pm
            but they dont pretend to be the champians of nationalism
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              zizek
              Nov 7, 2016 at 6:11 am
              The libtards aka "Senior journalists" in Media are from the Nehruvian era who know nothing than ranting for their deeply problematic ideology. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;They don't understand that realities have changes. Internet has empowered "We, the people" and they will either have to behave justly or go in the annals of history just to be abused by future generations.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The press as it works today must be changed and reformed. It must be made democratic. There must be voting to elect editors et. al. Mind you, a revolution is in offing.
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                Atis Mitra
                Nov 7, 2016 at 1:40 am
                News channel as Zee does not spend on collecting news but takes to propagate its form of masculine patriotism
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                  Vikrant
                  Nov 6, 2016 at 11:52 am
                  Those who anti national activities of JNU are expected to be against Modi givernment. Support to anti India slogans of JNU was reflective of their mind set and no amount of sugar coating can hide their repulsive personality. This ja.mat of anti nationals need to be exposed further
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                    arc
                    Nov 6, 2016 at 7:18 pm
                    What's wrong with this Modi doormat? Why does he always talk through his rectal aperture?
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                      mark
                      Nov 6, 2016 at 2:18 pm
                      Are you a robot that goes about typing stupid comments?
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                        mark
                        Nov 6, 2016 at 3:05 pm
                        Please do, please all of us in jail.
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                          mark
                          Nov 6, 2016 at 3:07 pm
                          Prateik will be the next sarsanghchalak of terrorist RSS.
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                            Bhuvan Raz
                            Nov 6, 2016 at 7:07 pm
                            Everyone knows how are media channels controlled by the traitor commies and dirty congress
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                              Bhuvan Raz
                              Nov 6, 2016 at 7:08 pm
                              If BJP, the nationalistic party is suffocated, then you are digging your grave!
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                                Bhuvan Raz
                                Nov 6, 2016 at 7:10 pm
                                So you think you are an intellect but otherwise true
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                                  Bhuvan Raz
                                  Nov 6, 2016 at 7:04 pm
                                  Things are done in that direction, we can't awake a person who pretends to sleep! Okay, we are s, probably better than you!
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                                    Bhuvan Raz
                                    Nov 6, 2016 at 6:58 pm
                                    You comment shows your biased views. So to tell you adamantly, Mr.Naidu is 100% right. You may dislike, but that's your instinct and so do I.
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                                      saurabh sharma
                                      Nov 7, 2016 at 7:01 am
                                      Why this wise man is defending it.
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                                        chat
                                        Nov 6, 2016 at 12:07 pm
                                        Animal Farm....
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                                          Asok Chattopadhyay
                                          Nov 6, 2016 at 3:05 pm
                                          The line of control between the 'heroic' act and 'anti-social' one is smoggy enoughlt;br/gt;to determine and differentiate. Mr. Minister, please get the people have a good coachinglt;br/gt;into a valid clroom!
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                                            ASHOK KUMAR
                                            Nov 6, 2016 at 2:38 pm
                                            When you are in opposition, the chilly gives smoke from backside.
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