CHANDIGARH: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Tuesday expressed concern over the “commercialisation of the missionary profession of journalism” and called upon media persons to imbibe the professional qualities exhibited by late Prabhash Joshi, a former Editor of the Jansatta, to meet the existing challenges.
Speaking at a seminar on “Challenges Before Media- A Tribute to Prabhash Joshi” at the Press Club here, he added that the biggest challenge before journalists was “ how to become Prabhash Joshi.”
Mr. Hooda suggested that there should be benchmarks as to what should be revealed in the media keeping in view the impact which the published content would make on the society. The aspects of commercialism, consumerism, sensationalism and sensualism should not overpower journalism. The media persons should not forget that the pen was mightier than the sword.
He further said that the media should maintain its credibility in the changing times dominated by commercialisation. He also reminded the journalists the six aspects which the great editor Kipling had mentioned to test every news before its publication. These included what, why, when, how, where and who. He said that by following these six cardinal points one would be able to maintain one’s credibility and added that Prabhash Joshi had “good credibility”.
He observed that today the concept of investigative reporting had been eliminated especially due to the speed with which the journalists had to work. He also expressed concern over the growing trend of surrogated advertisements.
While paying rich tributes to Joshi, Mr. Hooda described him as an educationist who took to journalism and contributed a lot to social reforms. Senior journalist Balwant Takshak narrated the precious moments which he had shared with the late Joshi during the last 20 years.
Veteran journalist B.K. Chum also paid tributes to his ``friend and colleague.
Those present on the occasion included Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister-cum-Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Information and Public Relations K.K. Khandelwal, Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister-cum-Director, Information and Public Relations Shiv Raman Gaur, Media Adviser to Chief Minister Sunder Pal, Additional Media Advisers to Chief Minister Sunil Parti and Kewal Dhingra.