Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today said the media should not combine news and views, adding that it should follow a new TRP philosophy -- "promotion of truth in a responsible and professional manner".
Recalling the contribution of several journalists during the independence movement, who considered the profession their mission, he said these days, while some were practising journalism as a mission, some were "commissioning it as an industry".
Speaking at the third convocation of Kushabhau Thakre Patrakarita Avam Jansanchar Vishwavidyalaya at the Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay auditorium here, Naidu said the front page of a newspaper should contain news, while views should be restricted to the editorial page.
The media should dedicate itself to a new TRP philosophy -- promotion of truth in a responsible and professional manner -- he added.
He stressed that "information with confirmation" was the most powerful ammunition in the fight against injustice, social evils and the negative forces in the world.
He said those who not allow Parliament to function should not be given prominence in the media.
The media should raise awareness on the maladies afflicting the society such as casteism, communalism, corruption and atrocities against women, he said.
Lamenting that the colonial rule had changed our mindset, Naidu called for encouraging the use of mother tongue.
Stating that every state must first promote the local language, then Hindi and then English, the vice-president hoped that those taking care of the education system in the country would also follow it.
Expressing concern over incidents of crime against women, he said, "This has not been the tradition of our country, where women had always been given the utmost respect since the ancient period. The rivers in the country were named after women," he noted.
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