BANGALORE: “Media is promoting and patronising the views of separatists. Media in countries like France, Britain or in any other free society do not entertain such element or their views,” observed Editor of The Pioneer, Delhi, Dr Chandan Mitra.
Speaking at a symposium for young journalists organised by Gokahale Institute of Public Affairs and The Mythic Society to provide in-depth information on current issues, he said, “In our country, we are giving more space to separatists and a lot of prominence. We have to retain a modicum of patriotism.”
Speaking on whether the media should promote the sympathisers of Maoists, Mithra added that one has to retain the right of not giving the oxygen to publicity. However, he appreciated the power of media reports which ensured justice in Jessica Lal case. Citing the recent deaths of the officers by mafia, Mithra regretted and said that even in the 17th century, cases of mafia in Italy was telecast live. “But, in India, we have restrictions,” he added.
Giving a presentation on ‘Present Social Milieu: Media Responsibility,’ Mithra said, “Aspiration, expectation, disappointment and despondency mark the present social milieu.”
Answering questions posed by students and budding journalists on Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption movement, he said, “It was good that the media highlighted such movements other than 3C’s-Crime, Cinema and Cricket. But the movement could not sustain for long as the movement was reported trivially by the media.”
He added, “Lokpal will be like any other vigilance if the PM is not brought under it. Anna and his team should not have been too aggressive. They should not have indulged in politics.” Answering a question on Who is more corrupt- Bureaucrats or Politicians? He said, “Both are equally guilty. Politicians are the ones who drive corruption whereas bureaucrats are the ones who devise ways to escape the law.”