A two-day State-level seminar on ‘Right to Information (RTI) and Media,’ hosted by the Karnataka Media Academy as part of its 30th anniversary celebrations, in association with the Dept. of Information and Mysore District Journalists Association (MDJA), began at the Rani Bahaddur auditorium of B.N. Bahaddur Institute of Management Sciences in Manasagangotri here this morning.

Karnataka High Court Judge H.N. Nagamohana Das, speaking after inaugurating the function, said that after globalisation during 1990s, the industries, farming sector, media, language, culture and judiciary have been adversely affected. “The service sectors have become commercial and turned into profit-making institutions,” he rued.

“The media, in its lookout for increasing circulation, began highlighting sex and crime related news. The Fourth and Fifth Estates, that is the print and electronic media, are now ignoring issues like poverty alleviation, farmers’ woes, moral values etc., and is focusing more on fashion, films and cricket,” he rued.

“On the day when there was a petrol price hike, some channels were airing the personal problems of a film actor for the entire day,” he said and called upon the media not to indulge in character assassination as one’s reputation is built after lot of sacrifice and discipline. “Always bear in mind the repercussions before attacking the character of a person,” he said.

“Freedom of the Press is not a licence — it is a responsibility,” said the Judge and urged the media not to mislead the society through irresponsible reporting. He also deplored the TV channels giving importance to superstitions, astrology and vaastu.

Media Academy Chairman M.A. Ponnappa also spoke on the occasion.

State Information Commissioner J.S. Virupakshaiah inaugurated the seminar. Information Department Director N.R. Vishukumar, Academy member Amshi Prasannakumar and Star of Mysore Editor-in-Chief K.B. Ganapathy were present as chief guests. MDJA President C.K. Mahendra presided.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore