Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has called upon the media to judiciously use media freedom that has been gained by way of the democratic system.
Inaugurating a ceremony organised here on Saturday to present the State media and photography awards, Mr. Chandy said it was up to the media fraternity to live up to the faith reposed in them by the public.
Such efforts would tremendously aid the functioning of a democracy.
The freedom to practice journalism must be used as a tool to assist the country in dealing with its greatest challenges, viz., communalism, corruption and terrorism.
He pointed out that restrictions imposed on the functioning of the media could never lead to progress.
Instead, self-regulation must be implemented by media houses in order to ensure that the larger interests of the country are provided prominence by functioning as a corrective force.
Presiding over the function, Information and Public Relations Minister K.C. Joseph said the government was mulling over the proposal to establish a media city in Kochi that would be modelled after the Dubai Media City.
The Chief Minister later presented the State Media Awards for the year 2011 to K. Sreekumar, Mathrubhumi (general reporting); Reji Joseph Rashtra Deepika (development reporting); Manu Viswanath, Desabhimani (news photography); T.K. Sujith, Kerala Kaumudi (cartoon); P.R. Praveena, Manorama News (television reporting); N.K. Ravindran, Asianet News (television reporting – special jury mention); P.K. Unnikrishnan, Asianet News (television cameraman); A. Nandakumar, Manorama News; and K.R. Abhilash, Asianet News (television cameraman – special jury mention); Shiju Mohan, Indiavision (video editing); and K.R. Jayaprakash, Kairali People (video editing – special jury mention).
Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, who delivered the keynote address, presented the State Photography Awards for the year 2012 to N. Harilal, Jijo G. Paravur and Kumar Yavanika. Consolation awards were also presented to M. Kishore Kumar, Jolly Saji, K.B. Gireesh, Rajesh Karella, Sanil K. Nair, Subin Pullari, Ajosh Parackan, G. Sreevalsan, S. Pradeep and P.T. Prajesh.