President Pranab Mukherjee today said it is important for media to maintain objectivity and truthfulness in news, while lamenting that anti-establishment stance has become a fashion to some extent. Media has a far reaching impact and influence on people. It must take note of the positive things taking place in day to day life, Mukherjee said while speaking at Essel Group’s 90 years celebrations here. While facts and news remain one, views may be different, he said, adding, “It is important to maintain objectivity and truthfulness in news”.
“News is one, views may be different, but truthfulness and accuracy of the news is expected. News may differ, but not the facts. Today, to my mind, it’s not a very healthy development (that) to be anti-establishment, to some extent, is fashion of the day,” Mukherjee said.
He further asked media to think if they are making a positive contribution to the society by simply being anti- establishment. The president also stressed on the proper utilisation of information technology and communication that has brought about major changes. “Although technology always has a disruptive impact but if society is ready to accept challenges, it can utilise it well,” Mukherjee said.