Mysuru: MP Pratap Simha, taking strong exception to the way electronic media is functioning today, said that in the race for TRP rating, most of the channels are indulging in character assassination of leaders and other prominent personalities, which must be stopped.
He was speaking at the Press Day (Patrika Dinacharane) celebrations organised by Mysuru District Journalists Association here at Rajendra Kalamandir on Ramanuja Road, here this morning and said unlike the print media, which checks its stories before publishing, the electronic media, in the race for breaking news, do not bother to check facts.
“The media today is living in an illusory world. I myself have been a journalist for 13 years and I have never made personal comments in my columns,” he said.
Simha said that instead of talking about his contribution as an MP like bringing double track between Mysuru-Bengaluru, re-launch of Mysore Airport and the development of ring road, the media was indulging in character assassination.
Senior journalist and Media Secretary to Chief Minister K.V. Prabhakara said that gone were the days when young journalists would look up to seniors who did not hesitate to teach them the nuances of journalism. “These days the upcoming journalists just do not have the time for the veteran journalists. They do not even know how to ask questions with clarity,” he regretted.’
Prabhakar announced that the government had increased the pension to journalists from Rs.3,000 to Rs.10,000 and they were entitled to free bus passes and Anna Bhagya Scheme.
Theatre Director and actor Prakash Belavadi said that the world is changing fast and in the next three to four years there will be customised newspapers and news will be on Whatsapp. “Facebook has become the face of new social media. Hence, journalists should be ready to face such a situation,” he said.
DC D. Randeep said that media in Mysuru was working in the interest of development.
Dharmapura Narayan welcomed and MDJA Vice President M. Subramanya compered.
K.V. Sampath Kumar (Editor – Sudharma), Renuka Tumbasoge (Reporter – Prajanudi), Bapu Lingaraje Urs (District Correspondent – Kasturi News Channel), T.N. Hemanth Kumar (Camaraman, Dijvijaya News Channel), H.L. Sharada Dutt (Senior Sub-Editor, Vijaya Karnataka) and Nethra Raju (Senior Photographer) were felicitated on the occasion.
Harish L. Talakadu, Reporter, Vijaya Karnataka, received the Best Kannada Reporter Award and Photojournalist Anurag Basavaraj the Photographer of the Year Award.