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Naidu advocates for self-regulation in Indian media


Union Minister of Information & Broadcasting M Venkaiah Naidu today stressed on the need for self-regulation and reasonable restrictions in the media amid growing competition in industry.

He made these observations while inaugurating a two day ‘Regional Editors Conference’ at Chennai today.

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The minister said that there is a need to ensure balance between freedom of expression and the genuine need for reasonable restrictions to ensure that that there is no ‘divisive communication’ given the social, cultural and economic diversity in the country.

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“Self-regulation by media could be useful in this regard…The growing compulsion of ‘instant communication’ should not lead media away from truthful reporting,” the minister stressed.

He urged the media to effectively play out its role as a partner in the progress of the nation by empowering the citizens with required information that would give them a voice.

Stating that media in the country has been by and large progressive, Naidu reminded the media of its first responsibility being towards the nation and the society.

At the same time he said despite the emergence of new forms of media, print media has been reporting steady growth which is being driven by the growth of regional media.

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