The media has played in an important role in exposing corruption,and now it should work to maintain the confidence that people have reposed in it. This was stated by Surjit Singh Rakhra,Rural Development and Panchayat Minister,Punjab.
He was addressing a seminar on the Role of media in the changing social scenario organised by the Patiala Media Club here on Thursday. He said that the media has also played an important role in development of the nation and society. He called upon the media to further boost its efforts in making society corruption and evil-free. He also reminded scribes to work according to an ethical code.
Addressing the seminar,Dr Daljit Singh Cheema,secretary and spokesman,said that the media is facing many challenges today and that the degradation in its working is a cause of concern. He urged media organisations to play a pro active and positive role in the society and remain aloof to the menace of paid news. He said that positive journalism has saved many persons trapped in problems whose voices have reached the government through the media.
Dr Navjeet Singh Johal,an eminent professor of journalism at Punjabi University Patiala dwelt upon the problems and challenges being faced by the media in its day-to-day working. He also underlined to need to launch a reform movement to get rid of brokering and biting news instead of breaking news.
He expressed deep concern over the emergence of news channels directly or indirectly being controlled by political parties in various states of the country and said that it was surprising that despite huge losses,these channels are still surviving.
President of the Patiala Media Club,Rawel Singh Bhinder,spoke about the history and working of the club.