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Rathore stresses on self-regulation by media; says no plans to regulate news websites

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Newly appointed I&B today stressed on media adopting self-regulation and asserted that the government has no plans to regulate portals and

Dismissing the government vs media debate, he said his ministry would work in a direction where any media, whether or private channels, becomes the 'voice of people'.

The is very clear that the media in our country is one of the very important pillars of democracy and they have to self-regulate, Rathore told reporters.

Rathore assumed charge as of State (Independent charge) of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry after replacing Smriti He also holds the portfolio of

In Indian media, the I&B minister said self-regulation was done in various layersfirst by a 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press release issued by the ministry last month on fake The communique was widely criticised by and subsequently withdrawn after Narendra Modi's intervention.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 portals and media websites, Rathore said, I think you have misunderstood it.

He said 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 or or channel. We will work in this direction, the said.

In the last four years, Rathore, who was a 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 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.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 20:30 IST