PCI Chief criticises electronic media
Visakhapatnam, Jan 13 (UNI) It is highly deplorable that the performance of the electronic media in the country was not compatible with the guidelines of Press Council of India(PCI), according to PCI Chairman Justice (Retd) G N Ray.
Talking to newspersons here yesterday, he said soon the electronic media might have its own Council, but he would suggest to the Union Government to ensure that it is formed on the framework and guiding principles of the PCI.
Justice Ray charged that most of the media managements were only interested in selling their news at any cost and started neglecting their responsibilities.
When the freedom movement was at its peak, national press contributed its might and won many laurels, but of late, many fourth estate owners focused only on circulation and advertisement and ceased to be the conscience keepers of the country, he alleged.
The Chairman said many countries should follow the footsteps of PCI, as its functioning is effective. ''India is a multi-lingual, multi-religious country and media should not disturb the social fabric of the nation,'' he added.
Justice Ray urged the journalists to remember that they are the voice of the nation and should be the role models for other citizens.
He said PCI is keeping vigil on sensitive issues and cited how the Council ensured security to a helpless journalist from the Uttar Pradesh Government recently.