Media should guard against putting out wrong stories while trying to compete with rivals, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, K Rosaiah said here on Tuesday.

“Like there are changes in the society, media has also undergone sea change. This is the age of competition. But, in the competition to put out stories quickly, you should not compromise while reporting facts,” he said, addressing the first conference of the Andhra Pradesh Working Journalists Federation (APWJF).

Expressing regret over the practice of clubbing news and interpretation, Mr. Rosaiah said, editorial comment should be given separately.

“Because news is interpreted, many times it is difficult to make out what is news and what is interpretation. I feel comment on the news can be given separately,” he said.

Lamenting the poor wages paid to rural reporters and stringers, he said the management of news organisations should understand that they can be happy only if the editorial staff is happy.

The government would sympathetically consider the demands of the Federation, for allotment of land for building office premises.

The government would also study the proposal to appoint a panel to study the working conditions of the journalists in the state, the Chief Minister said.

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