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Constructive criticism in media welcome: CM

CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan today urged the media to present constructive criticism of the shortcomings in governance.

india Updated: Jan 24, 2006 14:07 IST

CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan today urged the media to present constructive criticism of the shortcomings in governance.

The media should report good works in the society and expose wrongdoings at the same time, he said while addressing the concluding session of the 14th national convention of National Union of Journalists (NUJ) here today. He said the media need to act as a guide to the society and the government while unfolding the truth.

The chief minister said the Centre would be approached to set up a wage board for journalists and media representatives would be consulted for laying down a pension policy for them. They would also be consulted for a media policy to promote value- based journalism, he added.

Chouhan said freedom of expression has been the hallmark of India’s cultural tradition and the State Government is committed to creating ideal circumstances in which this is safeguarded. He said the media should take precautions while reporting incidents that sources of inspiration in the society were not adversely affected and their constructive works continued in the society.

Speaker Ishwardas Rohani said it was joint responsibility of the society and the government to create favourable circumstances for protecting values in journalism but it was responsibility of the media to maintain credibility.
He said too much exposure of evils affected value of the good. People have profound faith in the media and those in the profession must make special efforts to honour people’s faith.

Newly elected president of the National Union of Journalist Dr NK Trikha informed that the union would launch a national media credibility commission in which experts would be included.

Chetanya Kashyap gave a welcome speech. Newly elected general secretary of the NUJ Pragyanand also spoke on the occasion. Atmadeep conducted the concluding session.

About 600 delegates from across the country attended the convention. The chief minister presented to the president and general secretary a set of publications on development initiatives of the State. President of the state NUJ Rambhuvan Singh Kushwaha gave a vote of thanks.