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‘Find a solution to avoid recurrence of mistakes’

Basavaraj Swamy, editor of ‘Suddi Moola’, a Kannada daily, speaking at a function to mark the ‘Patrika Dinacharne' in Bellary on Sunday.
Basavaraj Swamy, editor of ‘Suddi Moola’, a Kannada daily, speaking at a function to mark the ‘Patrika Dinacharne' in Bellary on Sunday.

Basavaraj Swamy, editor of ‘Suddi Moola’, a regional daily, urged journalists to exercise utmost caution while filing reports to ensure that their own image and that of journalism do not get tarnished.

He was speaking after inaugurating a function to mark ‘Patrika Dinacharne’, organised by journalists under the banner of Bellary Media Club here, on Sunday.

“Journalism is a noble profession as it deals with social causes and acts as the voice of voiceless and highlights the problems faced by the public, besides creating awareness about the failures or negligence of the Legislative and Executive wings and getting the misdoings corrected, for the benefit of people. Therefore, journalists should ensure that their image and also of the profession do not suffer,” he said.

Expressing concern over the prevailing tendency to make news without stuff in their zeal and enthusiasm to provide breaking news, Mr. Swamy said it was essential for journalists to verify facts and collect all the necessary details before filing a report. “Mistakes happen inadvertently. But, we should find a solution to at least avoid recurrence. Proper understanding of the subject and the objectives of reporting, securing clarifications from elected representatives and officials, will help prevent mistakes,” he said.

Chandan Singh Rathore, Superintendent of Police, who was the chief guest, said that social evils highlighted by veteran leaders, including late B.R. Ambedkar, were still prevalent and the media should try to evolve ways to resolve them by creating public awareness.

Mr. Rathore appealed to journalists to avoid ego, develop skills and adopt the advancement that was taking place in the fields of information and technology, especially after the emergence of paperless paper called the web paper.

Gopalakrishna Hegde, former associate editor of Prajavani, who delivered a special lecture, said that sincerity and honesty were most essential for journalists to be successful. “Restrict yourselves to the role of journalists. Don’t give room, through behaviour or attitude, for others to look down upon you and your profession. Concentrate on producing stories concerning the public at large and those truly-affected,” he said.

Kadlur Madhusudhan, welcomed. Narasimhamurthy Kulkarni proposed a vote of thanks.

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