Anurag Thakur calls for introspection after CJI’s remarks on media

Union Minister for Youth Affairs & Sports Anurag Thakur
Union Minister for Youth Affairs & Sports Anurag Thakur@ianuragthakur/Twitter

New Delhi, July 23: Information & Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur on Saturday called for introspection by media houses of their functioning after Chief Justice of India N V Ramana said kangaroo courts by media were detrimental to the health of democracy.

Speaking at the National Broadcasting Day function at All India Radio here, Thakur said Ramanna’s remarks raised questions on the credibility of media.

“We need to introspect whether we have crossed the ‘Lakshman Rekha’ while delivering news,” Thakur said.

“I wish to urge friends in the media that if such an impression is being created, there is a need for introspection,” he said.

Agenda-driven debates and kangaroo courts being run by the media are detrimental to the health of the democracy, Ramana said in Ranchi.

The CJI said media trials affect the fair functioning and independence of the judiciary.

Addressing the gathering Thakur said that when some people surmised that Radio was going to have an existential crisis with the advent of Television and subsequently internet.

However, radio has identified its audience and not just maintained its relevance but also its credibility, Thakur said.

“When people want to listen to unbiased news, they naturally tune in to All India Radio and Doordarshan news. That 92 per cent of the country’s geography and over 99 per cent of people are covered by All India Radio is a commendable achievement,” he said.

The Minister underlined the importance of content and said that it was content that drew people to the channel and no amount of reach through towers can match the importance of content.

He expressed hope that in the digital age, Radio would strengthen its presence among the people.

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