Ratlam : There is no challenge to the Print Media in the country if it maintains its credibility .While speaking at a programme organised by Ratlam Press Club on eve of Maharshi Narad Jayanti Samaroh , the Editor of English weekly ‘Organiser’ Prafulla Ketkar said that journalism has to be performed keeping in view the national interest first.
He said that Maharshi Narad’s ideals have to be strengthened by the media persons. He said that negative news will have to be given less space and coverage while larger interest of the society is in the positive news. He said that Maharshi Narad had laid certain”Sutras” for the communication and performing as journalist. He said that Naradji had given clear message of trueness in the communication. He said that electronic media will have to maintain in particular certain type of restraint with respect to coverage and no exaggeration should reflect. He quoted an example that some time it was reported in one of the print media that RSS head quarter was being shifted to New Delhi after NDA came into power but it was not true and thus affected the credibility.
He said that till the emergency there were clear visible values in the journalism but with the interference of the corporate world the real journalism started losing its real face. He said that instead of spot reporting the desk reporting had become more prevalent which affected the basic values of the journalism. He said that due to such scenario the importance of social media increased to a very big extent and 140 words of tweeter carried more weight to draw the attention of the masses. He said that print media should not follow what electronic media is doing and then only its basic character may be preserved. He said that Maharshi Narad’s picture was published in the first new paper of the country in the year 1812 named Udant Martand and that first edition of Indian journalism in the form of newspaper was dedicated to Naradji.
He said that Sutra of Naradji specifically protected the interest society and the Sutras of Naradji will remain relevant for the journalists for ever. In the beginning of the programme president Ratlam Press Club Rajesh Moonat and other office bearers welcome him. Subject was initiated by former president Ratlam Press Club Dilip Patni. Senior journalist Sharad Joshi,Arif Qureshi, Lalit Kothari ,Amit Nigam felicitated Ketkar . At the end Harish Sharma gave vote of thanks.