Karnataka High Court Judge N. Kumar on Sunday cautioned the media against “creating” news.

Speaking at a seminar on “Media and judiciary” organised by the Karnataka Media Academy, Karnataka Judicial Academy and the Department of Information, Mr. Kumar said news should be healthy, accurate and factual. The news disseminated by the media organisations should take society in the right direction.

The media or the fourth estate is vested with the high responsibility of protecting and promoting democratic traditions in the country, he said. And the judiciary has always stood by media freedom.

He said people have an emotional relationship with the media organisations and the journalists should ensure that the trust of the people is kept alive. The media organisations, which are expected to keep the overall interest of society in mind, should not be allowed to be dictated by petty personal agendas of a few people.

Deputy Chief Minister R. Ashok, who inaugurated the seminar, emphasised the need for media to adopt self-regulation in the interest of society. He said democracy had survived in the country due to the good work carried out by people in the judiciary and the media.

He said the advent of television news channels had sparked off a fresh wave of competition in the industry, but cautioned the media against “creating” news in a bid to score over others.

Karnataka Media Academy Chairperson M.A. Ponnappa, Principal Secretary to Department of Kannada, Culture and Information Basavaraju, Karnataka Judicial Academy Director L. Subrahmanya and Information Department Director Vishukumar were present.

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