Chief minister Virbhadra Singh said on Sunday that there should be self-imposed binding to avoid writing anything which may undermine unity and integrity of country.
The chief minister said that healthy reporting was always welcomed by the people of any country. He was presiding over the National Press Day function organised by the information and public relations department here on Sunday on 'Transparency in Public Affairs: The Role of Press.'
He also said that the government had always considered media in high esteem and it was committed to provide all assistance to mediapersons. "Media in Himachal Pradesh is doing a commendable job by highlighting the social issues and grievances of the common man, besides giving feedback on policies and programmes of the government," said he, adding, "Press is expanding now and working with its responsibility."
Meanwhile, information and public relations minister Mukesh Agnihotri said that media had an important role to play in bridging the gap between the people and the government. He said the state government had always maintained cordial relations with mediapersons and all their genuine demands were being considered by the government on priority basis.
Delivering a key note address, senior journalist Om Thanvi said that nation was passing through a crucial stage and corruption and communalism were two major challenges which were only talked about but nothing concrete had been done on the ground to root out corruption and give justice to the minorities.
Earlier, senior journalist Vepa Rao said that there was a very thin line between right to privacy and domain of public affairs and the media needed to differentiate between the two without indulging in right to privacy of an individual.
Rakesh Sharma, director, information and public relations proposed vote of thanks.