Control on media is essential for the existence of democracy, PSC chairman K S Radhakrishnan has said.
He was delivering the inaugural address at the convocation ceremony of the students who have completed diploma course in Journalism and communication and Public Relation and Advertising at the Institute of Communication under the Kerala Press Academy, Kochi.
“Journalists themselves should find the answer for the question for who should control them. There is nothing wrong in seeking control over the media as those who work in this sector themselves consider it to be an industry. However, reports of paid news are surely affecting the credibility of the media,” Radhakrishnan said.
He said that there is a trend among the media to report only one side of an incident.
Kerala Press Academy chairman N P Rajendran, who presided over the function, said practical approach is the road to success in journalism.
Press Academy vice-chairman K C Rajagopal general council member P Sujathan, secretary V R Ajith Kumar, assistant secretary N P Santhosh, Institute of Communication director M Ramachandran and lecturer Hemalatha spoke on the occasion.
Radhakrishnan also presented awards to rankholders M P Sajon, Angel Shijoy, A Kiran Paul, K P Sheena and Asif M Basheer. Also, Mohammed Ibrahim and Abdul Samad were selected as students who have excelled in both academic and extra-curricular activities.