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'Print journalism not clouded by electronic media'

Written by: Staff

Lucknow, May 18: Although the importance of electronic media has increased in modern times, it has not overshadowed the vitality of print journalism, Uttar Pradesh chief minister and Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav today said.

''The significance of newspapers will never dilute as they give shape to a country and society,'' Mr Yadav added, addressing a gathering after unveiling an eveninger here.

''The fourth estate shoulders the major responsibility of strengthening the institution of democracy,'' he observed.

Therefore, the CM said, if the media gave more coverage to mafias and criminals, the people would also get in the same mould.

''Media can criticise, but it must also give positive and practical suggestions, so that the society can progress.'' Mr Yadav also assured his support to the cause of small and medium newspapers.

The SP chief suggested the newspapers gave prominence to economic and financial news and analysis. ''This way, the media can fulfill its obligation of contributing in the development of society,'' he said.

He asserted the country was facing multiple and serious challenges and the media should cultivate a positive approach to resolving such issues.

Lamenting the ''foreign influence'' on Indian traditions and culture, he called upon the media to preserve the heritage with the power of pen.

''Some foreign powers want to destroy the peace, unity and harmonious social fabric of the country, which makes the media's responsibility all the more important,'' Mr Yadav maintained.

He also waxed eloquent on the role of media during India's freedom struggle.

''The prevailing situation also warrants a pro-active media role for protecting the dignity of democratic institutions of the country,'' he emphasised.


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