The seminar ‘Regulating the Media?' was organised by Young Journalists Association, School of Media Studies and School of Government and International Affairs of SRM University, in association with the United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF), The Hindu and the Indo-Japan Chamber of Commerce.
In her theme address, Srividya Raghavan, Professor of Law, Oklahoma, U.S., said a majority of news organisations, especially television and radio channels were controlled by giant companies in the U.S. Sadly, the trend of consolidation of unregulated media was happening in India too, she observed.
Ms. Raghavan further added that politicians and their political parties started television channels and in such media houses, objective reporting would be a casualty.
Nirmala Lakshman, Director, Kasturi and Sons, said the media had to introspect on its role as a good news operator in the society. “The media plays a vital role as a tool of empowerment for the citizen to pursue a better quality of life,” Dr. Lakshman said. She regretted that issues like paid news and private treaties with companies for equity stakes had brought down credibility to an all-time low.
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