There's need to draw 'Lakshman Rekha' between fact, fake: Anurag Thakur

New Delhi: Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur on Friday said mobile, internet and digitalisation have changed the media landscape. He added that there is a need to draw the ‘Lakshman Rekha’ between fact and fake in this changing era.

Speaking at the IIMC Orientation Program, Thakur said, “During the COVID-19 pandemic, communication has taken a new meaning and sharing of information has taken on a new dimension all together… The world around you and the media landscape has changed and will change more by the time you enter market. You will have to fight for the national interest and defend the right of voice to be heard.”

He added, “As media professionals you will be the custodians of truth and amplifiers of information. You have to draw the line and learn to decipher what is fact and what is fake.”

Thakur stated that the “world needs those who make constructive changes”.

“Technology has entered every sector, COVID-19 has disrupted every plan in many ways, we have a chance to make a fresh start, fresh outlook. The world needs those who make constructive changes,” he said.

Speaking on the occasion, Anurradha Prasad, Media Entrepreneur, BAG Network and News24, emphasised the immediacy of TV and digital news platforms. “While newspapers provide a-day-old news, but on TV and digital media you get news that is just a minute old. Just as print and television are complimentary, social media and television are also complimentary. When TV channels were launched, people were apprehensive that newspapers will fold, but it did not happen. Such newspapers that revised and modified their content are still active in the world of media.”

While addressing the students, Apurva Chandra, Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting said, “As a journalist you must project the truth and differentiate between fact and fake”.

Professor Sanjay Dwivedi, Director General of IIMC, said: “In the past few years, if one word has been most current, that is ‘innovation’. For innovation in any organisation, capacity, infrastructure, culture and strategy are the main ingredients. In future, only such companies are going to survive, which will provide innovation-based services.”   

Professor Nirmal Mani Adhikari of Kathmandu University said, “People from India who travelled to study in other nations did so in the English language, which they then copied and used to establish India’s educational systems. As a result, English has become more dominant”. 

Among other speakers were some of the leading lights of the media industry.


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