“Today media is a power without accountability… journalism cannot merely be a business. In one sense it’s a business but if you enter into journalism only to make money, then you are betraying the ideals of journalism,” said Vir Sanghvi, advisory editorial director of Hindustan Times while receiving the first Lokmanya Tilak national award for excellence in journalism in Pune on Sunday.
The award has recently been instituted by the Kesari Maratha Trust, which runs Marathi daily Kesari, started by Lokmanya Tilak, a pioneering campaigner in India’s struggle for freedom. Sanghvi is its first recipient. The award comprises Rs 1 lakh and a memento.
“We are at a stage where media today is not just the observer but it participates in political processes,” Sanghvi said, adding that after the terror attacks in Mumbai, it was the media pressure that led to the sacking of Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil, Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh and Deputy Chief Minister R.R. Patil.
Earlier in the day, while delivering a lecture to students of journalism, Sanghvi said, “After politics, media is the second most powerful profession. But unlike politicians who are some way accountable, media is power without accountability.”