Vol. 5 Num 744 Sat. July 01, 2006  

Newspapers publish imaginary tales?
It's credibility of media that pays off
Media once again got a tongue-lashing from the gov-ernment. And this time it came from none other than the prime minister of the country while delivering her speech at the current session of the parliament. She said that despite all the developments taking place in the country newspapers are writing imaginary tales. However, she also mentioned in the same breath that people were not taking such stories into cognizance. One may logically conclude here that if such imaginary tales were being rejected by the people then the gov-ernment should not be having anything to worry about.

The media is simply carrying out its basic responsi-bilities as it happens in a democracy. It is projecting the happenings as they actually taking place on the ground and keeping the people informed on all issues of public interest and concern. There is but little scope of indulg-ing in fiction. Media also serves as a vehicle to provide the link between the people and the administration. It often helps government to see the other side of things that might have escaped the attention of the establish-ment. Therefore it alerts government to do a better job. From that point of view the media here is no different from any other in democratic countries. On the country the journalists working for media at field level here have often been subjected to torture and oppression and some of them were even killed.

The honourable PM's observation that people do not believe the media reports is also unfounded. We would like to state in that context, that over a period of time if anything the circulation of most newspapers have been on the rise. It is nothing but their credibility that pays off.