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The Indian media must regulate itself, now

Vir Sanghvi in No news is bad news (Counterpoint, July 29) has justifiably warned the media to impose self-regulations before the government steps in with guidelines.

india Updated: Aug 05, 2007 02:04 IST

Vir Sanghvi in No news is bad news (Counterpoint, July 29) has justifiably warned the media to impose self-regulations before the government steps in with guidelines. When you start competing to be number one, decency and ethics are bound to suffer. We find several TV channels claiming to be No. 1 and every channel flashing the ‘Breaking News’ ticker tape even if the event in question is a perfectly normal one. The media should stop behaving like the corporate sector where everyone is racing to reach the top.

RD Singh, Jammu

II

The Media plays an important role in a democracy which is why it is called the ‘fourth estate’. However, as Vir Sanghvi has stated, news-making is being overtaken by crass commercialisation. A code of conduct for journalists is the order of the day. Also, the focus should shift towards developmental journalism from the Page 3 culture that has set in, especially in the metros. The press is the opinion of the public and it should rise to the challenge of nudging public opinion in the right direction.

Poonam Guha, Kalyan

III

It is shameful that the TV channels have never dwelt on the discriminatory system of education imposed upon us. Has any news channel highlighted the precarious condition of blind students? Has the media ever brought to public attention that they have no access to libraries? It is ironical that the likes of Shilpa Shetty get so much coverage while the real issues are overlooked. What a shame.

Shadab Husain, Lucknow

IV

Pulling up a journalist for conducting the cash for warrant sting operation is unjustified. The Chief Justice of India should first eradicate corruption in the judiciary.

Shamim Uddin Ansari, Ghaziabad

Speaking one’s mind

Karan Thapar’s article The case against over- zealousness (Sunday Sentiments, July 29), is a fine example of freedom of the press. It shows that people can speak their minds without fear of reprisals. It is food for thought for those who believe in the concept that the boss is always right.

Aniket Singh Saharan, Mohali