A SEMINAR on â€˜The Role of Media and Right to Information Actâ€™ was organised by the department of journalism and mass communication of the Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth (MGKV), Varanasi on Saturday(06.01.2007)
Speaking on the occasion, Prof Raghavachari of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), said that the Right to Information Act (RTI) was a powerful instrument for empowering the citizens of India. Prof S Raghavachari further said media should raise awareness about the RTI among the common people.
He said Act would help media in getting information from any sector. He further said, â€œIt is a prime duty of media to ensure effective implementation of this Act in the interest of common people.â€
Presiding over the function, the Vice-Chancellor of the MGKV Prof SS Kushwaha said, â€œMedia is a watchdog of the society and its alertness is marvelous. As a leader of the society, media should keep the people aware of the provisions of RTI. Media is the fourth pillar of democracy and people should always boost the morale of it.â€
Prof Kushwaha said media should motivate the block development officers and village chiefs to keep villagers aware of the benefits of RTI. Head of the department of journalism department and president of the Teachers Association Dr AK Upadhyaya said any institution through the provisions of RTI was answerable to each and every citizen of the country. Media from the very beginning has fought for the existence of this Act in the interest of common people. Dr Vinod Singh and Dr Durgesh Tripathi also focused on the benefits of RTI. Raghvendra Mishra conducted over the function. Later, Dr Arun Sharma proposed the vote of thanks.
Seminar on â€˜Role of media and RTIâ€™ organised : HindustanTimes.com
By Abhinav Bohare
Live telecast, interviews, previews etc of Terrorists, naxals, underworld gang man, and dacoits etc have become a customary trait in electronic media. These are those anti-national and anti-social elements for whom there are red corner notices in not only states security agencies but the Interpol.
And the verity is that if anyone of them can be apprehended by the state police, the social and national life would be significantly enhanced and security definitions would become more tenable.
But life is not a game of Ifs and Buts.
The astounding truth is media, the most responsible characteristic of democratic charter, can reach such dreaded persons, telecast long interviews and cover stories, (sorry Breaking News), but the same media canâ€™t assist the state Police to catch hold of such dreaded delinquents, just because â€œits against the ethics and regulations of media â€“informer networkingâ€.
Lately in the one of the regulations, Security and intelligence agencies, strappingly recommended that Media personnel, are citizens first and in such a terror prone national scenario, they should act as assistance and not as a mere broadcasters for any the anti national activism. The agencies opined that if any media personnel have excess to such felons they should alliance with the Govt to carry out seize operations.
But as everyone knows the power media has, the regulation was said to be omitted and later on because of several controversies the act itself went into oblivion.
But today does the RTI also covers informations pertaining to why such media activities?
Do we have the right to ask, why media, the most responsible states citizens, should not be assisting Govt rather than merely telecasting such high TRP interviews etc?
Can we Question ourselves 1st, that should Media be answerable?
I opine, YES!
The Right Informed