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Press should be efficient and fearless for the country to thrive: Vice Prez

PW Bureau

VP Venkaiah Naidu asked the journalists to serve as a mirror to society as he asked them to be the voice of the voiceless while addressing the 132nd Foundation Day Celebrations of 'Deepika', the first Malayalam Daily New Delhi: Vice president M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that for a democratic country like ours to thrive and flourish, our press should be efficient and fearless. He asked the journalists to serve as a mirror to society as he asked them to be the voice of the voiceless. He was addressing the 132nd Foundation Day Celebrations of 'Deepika', the first Malayalam Daily, here Wednesday.

'Media should maintain a high level of professionalism'

Naidu advised media to maintain a high level of professionalism, accuracy, and impartiality in their coverage. He urged the media to do their duty during the time of the elections with great discretion. Empower the voter with information to make the best possible use of their crucial right to vote, he added.

'Duty of media to support the govt'

Vice president also suggested that it is also the duty of the newspapers and the media, in general, to support the government in its developmental initiatives and policies as well as to pinpoint its lapses, so as to help improve the effectiveness of the administrative setup in our country.
"You have the significant responsibility of watching over the conduct of the most important event in any democracy and never fail to offer constructive and creative criticism wherever necessary"
He asked the media to play a vital role in creating awareness about the legal provisions on such matters and empowering citizens by making them aware of their inalienable rights.

'Be fearless, bring the wrongdoers out'

Naidu asked the media to be fearless in bringing the wrongdoers to light. Never be hesitant to report positive stories and always offer appreciation and words of encouragement to those who are making a positive change. "You have the significant responsibility of watching over the conduct of the most important event in any democracy and never fail to offer constructive and creative criticism wherever necessary", he added.