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Journalists should rise above differences when it comes to national interest: Mahesh Sharma, Union Minister of Culture

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Journalists should rise above differences when it comes to national interest: Mahesh Sharma, Union Minister of Culture

At the recently held exchange4media News Broadcasting Awards 2017 (ENBA), Union Minister of Culture, Mahesh Sharma, who was the chief guest on the occasion, spoke about various challenges facing contemporary media.

Congratulating exchange4media for putting together the most credible news awards which entered its 10th edition this year, Sharma said, “I would like to congratulate Anurag Batra and his team for putting together these awards which celebrate the best in broadcast journalism. I can imagine the kind of stress modern journalism can cause, especially when news has become an always on medium. It is literally 24x7x365 medium and journalists pay a huge price in terms of mental peace to stay ahead of the competition and ENBA truly recognizes such efforts.”

The Union Minister also had a word of praise reserved for the news broadcast industry for working tirelessly to report credible news.”I would like to congratulate the broadcast journalists for taking pains to maintain credibility of news and not getting swayed by misinformed campaigns. One can imagine the damage that wrong information can cause and it is highly commendable that the channels are ensuring that credible information reaches their viewers at all costs," said Sharma.

Urging the broadcast media fraternity to rise above their personal differences in matters related to national interest, Sharma added, “Journalists are called the intellectual class of the society and it is possible that there might be differences at times but we have to be united when it comes to matters of national interest. It is important for all of us to put national interest above our personal, professional and ideological differences.”

Sharma also spoke about the menace of fake news and called for consensus to address this issue. “I think one of the biggest challenges faced by media today is the issue of misinformation campaigns spread through social media platforms. Especially with the rising popularity of social media, sometimes such information becomes difficult to verify. We all need to come together to find a solution to this issue in the interest of freedom of speech," added Sharma.

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