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Govt misuses advertisements to influence media: Joginder Singh

It is a 'well-known fact' that the government misuses its power of giving advertisement to influence the media, former CBI director Joginder Singh said on Tuesday.

kolkata Updated: Feb 12, 2013 19:53 IST

It is a 'well-known fact' that the government misuses its power of giving advertisement to influence the media, former CBI director Joginder Singh said on Tuesday.

"A Press Council chairman had once said the government misuses its power of giving advertisements to influence the media. That is a well-known fact... We don't need any intelligence to accept that," Singh said at a discussion on the role of newspapers in Kolkata.

He rued that opposition parties talk about freedom of the press but when they come to power it is forgotten.

Stating that there are about 13 lakh newspapers getting published from various parts of the country, Singh said some of them are good while others exist only to get government advertisements.

"There are some black sheep as well," he said adding that the government can control the flow of information.

"Problem comes when a case is filed in Kashmir against the editor of a newspaper which is published from Kolkata. That means that the editor has to go so far. No government thought what can be done to prevent this," the former CBI head said.

Former justice OP Verma said the circulation of a newspaper increases only when it covers all news and maintains its credibility.

"Media has a heavy responsibility to the society. They are the fourth pillar of our democracy," he said.