Dismissing the government vs media debate, he said his ministry would work in a direction where any media, whether public broadcaster Prasar Bharati or private channels, becomes the 'voice of people'.
In Indian media, the I&B minister said self-regulation was done in various layersfirst by a journalist and then by editors, and that the government believes in self-regulation by the media.
The comments assume significance in the backdrop of a controversial press release issued by the ministry last month on fake news. The communique was widely criticised by media organisations and subsequently withdrawn after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention.
To a query over the ministry issuing an order last month for constitution of a committee to frame rules to regulate news portals and media websites, Rathore said, I think you have misunderstood it.
He said Prasar Bharati will be strengthened and high priority would be given to better and informative programmes.
It is not us vs them...It is not about two teams. It is about a collective responsibility that media becomes the voice of the people, whether it is Prasar Bharati or private network or channel. We will work in this direction, the Union minister said.
In the last four years, Rathore, who was a junior minister in the ministry, said the government has been able to establish two-way communication with the people of the country.
We will continue to do that, he said.
On the challenges posed by social media, the I&B minister said the social media platform was totally independent and that there would be all kinds of dialogues in it.
We hope people put across their views with responsibility, he added.
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