Addressing the gathering after inaugurating the Press Day celebration on Sunday in Madikeri he said that judiciary has the power to file case voluntarily or direct the Government or officials concerned to take action, based on the reports published in newspaper or other media on Human Rights violation or atrocities.
He said that for journalism should not just be a profession for journalists, instead it should become a passion for them. “It is possible to a good journalist by understanding the problems of common man and responding to their woes.
Deputy Commissioner K H Ashwathnarayana Gowda said that media should bring out analysis of the various current issues but resorting to distortion of facts and presenting news on basis on assumption can be dangerous.
State of confusion
Mysore University Department of Journalism Assistant Professor Dr Niranjan Vanalli said that people are left in a confusing state of not being able to see what they see, not being able to understand what they hear and read because of the fierce competition between various media.
Delivering a paper on ‘Media power, fact and illusion’ later Dr Vanalli said that a decade ago, one article on a issue could shake the state but today even if a dozen of articles are written on an issue there is nobody to see, hear or read.
“During Gandhiji’s era newspaper was a weapon which evoke patriotic feeling in people. Media will command respect till they maintain their dignity and individuality,” he said and added that media should not become a commodity for sale in market. Meanwhile, state media award winners H T Anil, A R Kuttappa and National level Photography award winner Nagesh Panathale were felicitated.
‘Malegala Vaibhava’, a photo exhibition was organised as a part of the celebration. Kudekal Santhosh bagged first place in the exhibition. H T Anil and A Mahesh bagged second and third place respectively. SP Manjunath Annigeri, District Working Journalists’ Association President Chi Na Somesh and others were present.