BANGALORE: Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister S Suresh Kumar on Saturday appealed to print media not to put political news at least once a week or month on the front page. Speaking at ‘Madhyama Manthana’, a one-day workshop on Development Journalism organised by Grassroots Research and Advocacy Movement (GRAAM), he said, “We are observing Earth Hour by switching off lights for one hour to save the earth. Similarly , there is a need for such a concept in media too. Newspapers should not publish political news at least once in a week or month.” Stating that he reads all newspapers every morning, he said, “I get de-energised once fining reading newspapers. It becomes a ‘Good Mourning’ everyday thanks to the news that newspapers carry today.”
Referring to the alleged clash between advocates and the media persons, he said, “Journalists should practise responsible journalism along with development journalism. Even if journalists do not become development journalists, one should not become dangerous to the society,” he said.
He said there should be development politics, which will solve many problems.
Earlier, senior journalists K Sathyanarayana, Padmaraja Dandavathi, Parvathi Menon, G N Mohan and Ishwara Daithota took part in a discussion on Development Journalism.