ಎಡಿಟರ್ಸ್ ಗಿಲ್ಡ್‌ಗೆ ವಂದನೆಗಳು : Editors Guild of India condemns ‘paid news’

ಡಿಸೆಂಬರ್ 23, 2009

‘ಪಾವತಿಸಿ ಪಡೆದ ಸುದ್ದಿ’ಗಳ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಎಡಿಟರ್ಸ್ ಗಿಲ್ಡ್ ತೀವ್ರ ಆತಂಕ ವ್ಯಕ್ತಪಡಿಸಿದೆ. ಅದರ ಒಂದು ಸಂಕ್ಷಿಪ್ತ ಪಠ್ಯವನ್ನು ಇಲ್ಲಿ ವಿವಿಧ ಮಾಧ್ಯಮಗಳನ್ನು ಓದಿ ನೀಡಲಾಗಿದೆ. ನಿಮಗಾಗಿ!

Editors Guild of India condemns ‘paid news’

Guild will shortly unveil an initiative to encourage transparency regarding ‘paid news’.

The Editors Guild of India is deeply shocked and seriously concerned at the increasing number of reports detailing the pernicious practice of publishing “paid news” by some newspapers and television channels, especially during recent elections.

The Guild, at its Annual General Meeting held on December 22, 2009, has strongly condemned this practice which whittles the foundations of Indian journalism and calls upon all editors in the country to desist from publishing any form of advertisement which masquerade as news.

The Guild noted that it had always stood for publication of news which is in public interest; news which has been gathered due to the professional efforts of journalists; and news which is not influenced by malice, bias, favouritism or monetary influence.

The Guild recognises that news media in print and electronic form, has a genuine right to publish and broadcast advertisements on all issues, subject to the voluntary Advertising Standards Council code and the News Broadcasting Standards Code.

It is imperative that news organisations have to clearly distinguish between news and advertisements with full and proper disclosure norms, so that no reader and viewer is tricked by any subterfuge of advertisements published and broadcast in the same format, language and style of news.

It is disturbing that this “paid news” practice is also being used by companies, organisations and individuals, apart from political parties.

The Guild further deplores the practice of “private treaties” where news organisations accept free equity in unlisted companies in lieu of promoting these companies through news columns and television news programmes.

The news organisations should disclose their commercial and equity interests in such companies to the readers and viewers in a transparent manner.

The Guild decries the unsavoury and unacceptable practice of some political parties and candidates offering payment for “news packages” to news media and its representatives to publish and telecast eulogising and misleading news reports on the political parties.

Both the media organisations and editors who indulge in it, and the customers who offer payment for such “paid news” are guilty of undermining the free and fair press, for which every citizen of India is entitled to.

Such irresponsible acts by a few media organisations and journalists is discrediting the entire media of the country, which has a glorious tradition of safeguarding democratic rights and exposing all kinds of injustices and inequities.

Editors and journalists have been at the vanguard of the movement for creation of a just society, both during the days of colonial rule and Independent India. The ugly phenomenon of “paid news” will be a blot on the country’s democratic fabric.

The Guild calls upon publishers, editors and journalists of media organisations to unitedly fight this creeping menace of commercialisation and bartering of self respect of the media.

During the coming months, the Guild will join hands with other media organisations to sensitise the media and civil society, including political parties and the Election Commission, on the need to eliminate this unacceptable practice.

The Guild will be shortly unveiling an initiative to encourage transparency regarding “paid news” and “private treaties.”

We appeal to all stakeholders to join us in pushing for a clean, transparent media.

Rajdeep Sardesai, President of the Guild announced the formation of an Ethics Committee headed by T N Ninan, Editor in Chief, Business Standard. The members are BG Varghese, Editor & columnist; Sumit Chakravarty, Editor, Mainstream and Madhu Kishwar, Editor, Manushi.

 

ಪತ್ರಕರ್ತರಿಗೆ ನೀತಿಸಂಹಿತೆ

ಎಡಿಟರ್ಸ್ ಗಿಲ್ಡ್ ಸಂಘಟನೆಯು ಪತ್ರಕರ್ತರಿಗೊಂದು ನೀತಿಸಂಹಿತೆಯನ್ನು ಪ್ರಕಟಿಸಿ ಬಹಳ ದಿನಗಳಾದವು. ಈ ನೀತಿಸೂತ್ರವನ್ನು ಇಲ್ಲಿ ವಿಮರ್ಶಕಿಯ ಓದುಗರ ಗಮನಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ನೀಡಲಾಗಿದೆ. ಪತ್ರಕರ್ತರು ಇದನ್ನು ಓದಬಹುದು; ಸಾಧ್ಯವಿದ್ದರೆ ಅನುಸರಿಸಲೂಬಹುದು.

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