November 24, 2016: Recently, Department of Mass Communication, Mizoram University, organized a two-day national seminar on “Media, Technology and Power of Politics: The Indian Conventicle.”
The seminar was inaugurated by K.G. Suresh, Director General of Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC). The seminar was attended by academicians from the University as well as some other states, mentioned PTI.
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Emphasizing the significance of journalism courses in regional languages, Suresh said, “It is utmost important to bring back objectivity to the media in the country”. He added that the IIMC will have journalism courses in regional languages.
He believes that media should not be regulated by the state. Instead, it should be self-regulated.
According to PTI, he said that social media has made a significant shift in journalism where social networking sites have become fodder for the news. Panel discussion on television has replaced the old field reporting which is a great loss to the nation.
Chennai, Nov 6: Prime Minster Narendra Modi on Monday said that editorial freedom should be used in public interest and urged the newspapers to devote space to increase awareness about climate change.
Speaking at the 75th anniversary celebrations of Tamil newspaper Daily Thanthi at the Madras University Centenary Auditorium, Modi said lot of things happen around the world and the editors decide what is important to be published in their newspapers.
He said: “Editorial freedom should be used wisely and in public interest.”
Pointing out the natural calamities occurring around the world at regular intervals, PM Modi urged newspapers to allocate space to increase awareness about climate change.
Narendra Modi said the freedom to write does not in anyway reduce the importance to be accurate and correct, adding that though media outlets may be owned by the private sector, they serve a public purpose, have much social accountability and their conduct should be above board.
He said technological advancement enables citizens to compare, discuss and analyse the credibility of news and the media should take extra caution to maintain its credibility.
According to him, reform in media can come from within and through introspection.
Observing most of the media discourse revolves around politics, Modi said the nation is made of over a billion people and the media should focus on the people and their achievements.
Citing the spread of mobile phones, Modi said citizen reporting is important in showcasing individual achievements and also helping in the aftermath of natural disasters.
PM Narendra Modi also released a souvenir.
Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Minister of State for Finance and Shipping Pon Radhakrishnan, Chief Minister K. Palaniswami and his deputy O.Pannerselvam also participated in the function.
Paying encomiums to the founder of Daily Thanthi S.P. Adithanar and his son Sivanthi Adithan, Palaniswami said the daily would certainly see centenary celebrations.
Leaders of several political parties, law makers, industrialists, movie actors and diplomats attended the function.
Earlier on his arrival PM Modi was received by Purohit, Palaniswami and others at the airport.
From the airport Modi reached the INS Adyar naval base here in a helicopter.
At INS Adyar, Modi had a meeting with Palaniswami and discussed about the rain and relief situation in Chennai and neighbouring districts. (IANS)
San Francisco, Oct 14:As people debate Facebook’s role in influencing people during the US presidential elections by Russian ads and fake news on the platform, the company’s COO Sheryl Sandberg has stressed that the social media giant is not a media organization, and therefore does not hire journalists.
Sandberg said that Facebook is run by technical workers and engineers and according to her, the company does not produce news content, therefore it can’t be a media company.
In an interview with US-based news website Axios on Thursday, she said, “At our heart we are a tech company. We hire engineers. We don’t hire reporters. No one is a journalist.”
“We don’t cover the news. But when we say that, we’re not saying we don’t have a responsibility. In fact we’re a new kind of platform… as our size grows, we think we have more responsibility,” the executive was quoted as saying.
Business Insider said a firm that is a major source of news and information for people, generates billions in ad revenue and is producing its own original television shows is classified as a media company and Facebook does all of that.
Contrary to her claim, it hired former NBC anchor Campbell Brown in January to head up the company’s news division and work with other journalists to maximise their use of Facebook’s platform.
Reportedly, Facebook does not want to harm its $500 billion valuations by admitting it is a media company. If the company accepts that it is a media firm, it would open the platform up to regulatory rules in the US and other countries which Facebook would rather avoid.
Business Insider said Britain was already considering regulations that would treat it more like a media company.
Meanwhile, on the Russian ad issue, Sandberg said the election meddling on the platform “shouldn’t have happened” and she wouldn’t discuss Russia or Trump.
“We know we have a responsibility to prevent everything we can from this happening on our platforms… and so we told Congress and the Intelligence committees that when they are ready to release the ads, we are ready to help them,” she said.
Sandberg said that if the Russian-linked ads were posted by “real people” and not fake accounts, Facebook would have let their content remain on the site. “When you allow free expression, you allow free expression.”
“Facebook owes the American people an apology. Not just an apology, but determination for our role in enabling Russian interference during the election,” she said. (IANS)
Reputed journalist, editor and activist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead on September 5 by three unidentified men outside her house
Lankesh was an editor of popular Kannada tabloid “Lankesh Patrike”
Protests have erupted in various cities in Kerala following Gauri Lankesh’s murder
Karnataka, September 6, 2017 : Protests erupted across Karnataka on Wednesday morning condemning the dastardly killing of senior Kannada journalist Gauri Lankesh, who was shot dead at her residence here on Tuesday night by three unidentified men.
Journalists, activists, writers, thinkers and women organisations were seen among the crowds that gathered in the city and across the state condemning the killing of the journalist.
People were seen gathered at the Town Hall here for a silent protest, holding placards. “You can kill a person but not their ideas,” read one placard.
Silent demonstration was also staged by journalist groups at the Victoria Hospital grounds, where the autopsy is being done.
Across the state, protests were witnessed in Mangaluru, Kalaburagi, Dharwad, Koppal among other regions, where citizens took to the streets.
Journalists in Mysuru, wearing black ribbons around their shoulders, also held a protest in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s Office.
Massive protests have also been planned across the country in various cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad among others.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has also cancelled all his official programmes on Wednesday.
“CM has cancelled all engagements, including a day-long trip to Kerala in view of the developments since Tuesday night,” said an official from the Chief Minister’s Office.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi also expressed shock and distress over the murder on Wednesday, saying “this can’t and should not be tolerated”.
Accusing the BJP of silencing dissent, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi said it was a part of their ideology. “Anyone who speaks against BJP is silenced…” Rahul Gandhi said on Wednesday.
Gauri Lankesh, 55, was shot dead by three unidentified men who had shot her when she returned home from her office in the city.
Lankesh was an editor of popular Kannada tabloid “Lankesh Patrike”.
In November 2016, Gauri Lankesh was sentenced to six months in jail after a defamation case was filed against her for a report against Bharatiya Janata Party leaders. She was out on bail pending an appeal. (IANS)