Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 12 (ANI): The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Saturday said journalists could become agents of change if they were true to their profession.
Inaugurating the year-long centenary celebrations of the Malayalam daily 'Kerala Kaumudi' here, Dr. Singh said: In a sense, journalists are the conscience keepers of society-pointing out what is wrong not only with the administration and government, but also society at large. If they are true to their profession, journalists can become agents of change-and change for the better."
Emphasising that accuracy and fairness are two qualities that a good journalist should possess, Dr. Singh said: "Accuracy is relatively easy to understand and uphold."
However, fairness implies not merely the absence of bias in reporting on events, but also a very conscious attempt to present diverse and different views on a situation or an issue.
Dr. Singh called the services of eminent persons associated with the 'Kerala Kaumudi' including its founding editor C V Kunhuraman.
He also released a book on the history of Kerala Kaumudi and the title of the daily's new television channel 'Kaumudy.' (ANI)