The Prime Minister also said media should among themselves find a way by which objectivity and impartiality are encouraged and sensationalism is reduced

Asserting that freedom of the Press was a must for the growth of Indian democracy, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday asked media organisations to devise a mechanism to promote objectivity and curb sensationalism. He also called for self-regulation while dealing with the issue of ‘paid news.'

“In my opinion, there is a general consensus in our country that no outside control should be imposed on the media. But I am also of the view that the representatives of media organisations should mutually find a way that promotes impartiality and objectivity and reduces sensationalism,” he said at a function here.

Urging the media organisations to give more coverage to issues and events that were “really important” for the nation, Dr. Singh said: “Since Independence, there has been a debate going on about the role of the media and the manner in which it functions… I am confident that the Indian media will itself deal with the ills like paid news successfully.”

Pointing out that the media in India was “by and large independent and alive,” Dr. Singh said new technologies had helped to expand the reach of both the print and electronic media, which was good for the growth of democracy.

The Prime Minister released a commemorative postage stamp in memory of Puran Chandra Gupta, founder of Dainik Jagran, in the presence of Union Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology Sachin Pilot.

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