Media should not be guided by any regulatory authority but by a sense of justice, speakers said at a seminar on ‘Media freedom and new challenges,’ organised by the Kerala Press Academy on National Press Day here on Friday.

Press Academy chairman N.P. Rajendran said media equipped people to take informed decisions that would ensure true democracy. Referring to calls for code of conduct for the media, he said, often, media organisations were not found working to cater to the needs of the masses. The call for a code of conduct reflected this public spirit.

Defamation

Defamation still remained a major punishable offence in the country, he said adding that defamation should not be allowed to affect freedom of expression. There were concerns about proposals for a regulatory body for the media, he noted.

Speaking on media freedom and Constitutional and legal guarantees, advocate P.S. Sreedharan Pillai said the media’s discretion was democracy’s greatest guarantee.

The media should be aware of the fact that there were many victims of media trial. A sense of justice should guide the media, he added.

Kannur Press Club president K.N. Babu presided. Kerala Union of Working Journalists office-bearer Manoharan Morayi spoke.

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