Editors' guild urges Modi govt to engage more with media

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Editors' guild urges Modi govt
New Delhi, Sept 25: The Editors Guild of India wants Narendra Modi government to give more access to the media and engage more with journalists, a report in the New Indian Express said.

On Tuesday, the guild, a body of editors of various newspapers and magazines, said in a statement that there was "certain deficit in transparency" in the government's functioning and urged the government to increase the media's access and engage more actively with professional journalists and the media, the report said. The guild came out with the statement after the new BJP-led government at the Centre virtually gagged the bureaucrats and ministers, the report added.

Even the prime minister's office did not have a regular spokesperson to interact with the media regularly.

"By delaying the establishment of a media interface in the Prime Minister's Office, in restricting access to ministers and bureaucrats in Offices and in reducing the flow of information at home and abroad, the government in its early days seems to be on a path that runs counter to the norms of democratic discourse and accountability," the report quoted the guild as sating in the statement.

The guild though praised the government's engagement in social media but said it was not adequate to connect to the masses in a country with limited internet access.

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