Print media continued to empower people despite the loss



In a post on Facebook, the vice president praised the media for their role in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. However, he cautioned against spreading fake news on social media.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu praised the print media, calling the media frontline warriors for their dedicated efforts to “present the pandemic narrative for a wider awakening.”

“The only window to find answers to all our concerns and anxieties has been the media,” said Naidu, and praised the journalists for “providing people with the necessary information, analysis and perspectives” on various aspects of the media. coronavirus epidemic and Covid-19 pandemic and in partnership with people in the fight against the disease.

In his Facebook post titled Media: our partner in the age of corona, Naidu wrote on the role of the media since the virus outbreak and praised the media and media people “for effectively fulfilling their primary function of informing, educating and empowering people to cope to the pandemic and to be an important part of our lives during the crisis as trusted partners.

Naidu noted that the definition of the “new normal” of life warranted some understanding and knowledge of the virus, the mechanisms of its spread, behavioral changes required, possible medical remedies and a lot of other information.

In short, people needed to be provided with the necessary information and the means to take informed action to stay beyond the virus and survive the onslaught of the pandemic. This burden of empowerment fell on the shoulders of the media. at the most critical moments of our life in the 21st century. In my opinion, the media on the whole have admirably grasped the opportunity, “he wrote.

He also mentioned that print, television and social media have been at the forefront in providing us with a range of information necessary to enable us to deal with the current situation and praised the role played by the media to “inform, educate and empower people with the necessary means” during the current Covid-19 crisis.

Naidu also revealed that he follows print media more closely. “The amount of space provided for the coronavirus and the ongoing pandemic, has exceeded even wartime reports. Innovative product spaces have been introduced and have persisted to cater to information-hungry readers. various aspects of the disease and its impacts still continue in a mission mode. “

However, he had mixed opinions on the news generated by television and social media. While praising television for highlighting the hardships faced by vulnerable sections of society, especially the migrant crisis, during the pandemic, he said some sections of television should have abstained and avoid promoting the situation and sensationalizing it. “It would be pointless to create unnecessary panic as it could have deleterious consequences by disturbing the minds of people already overcome by anxiety,” he noted.

However, he urged people to use social media wisely due to the spread of misinformation in some cases. “It (social media) has helped a lot to stay connected more easily during lockdown. It has, however, had its downside in the form of the spread of unauthenticated information about the disease and its cure giving rise to several myths and c ‘was unwarranted. “

He also warned Internet users to only disseminate authenticated information. “I have always maintained that confirmed information is always effective ammunition and that unconfirmed information carries several undesirable consequences.”

In his post, Naidu also claimed that the media are the bridge between governments and the people by enabling two-way communication. Referring to journalists as the fourth pillar of democracy, he suggested that the media highlight the successes of individuals, communities and administrations, and focus on best practices followed by various governments in different countries.

Highlighting layoffs and pay cuts at various news outlets in India during the pandemic, Naidu said, “With the economy contracting due to the restrictions, advertising revenue has dried up. The scale of operations had to be adjusted and quite a few media people had to take a pay cut. But, overall, the media have persisted with the mission of empowering people when they need it most. I salute that spirit. “

He also noted the problems with newspaper distribution during the lockdown and that some readers still do not accept the newspapers, fearing they could carry the contagion. However, it was a myth that was shattered by Dr George Lomonossoff, a renowned virologist from the John Innes Center in the UK. He said, “Newspapers are pretty sterile because of the way they are printed and the process they go through. Traditionally, people eat fish and chips for this reason. All the ink and printing make them pretty sterile. “

Nivedita Gupta, chief epidemiologist at the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR), also confirmed that Covid-19 is a “respiratory infection” and that there is “no risk” of catching it from the newspapers and packages.

He also called the media a chronicler of the pandemic. “Another important function of the media in the process was that they became the chief chronicler of the pandemic, documenting every detail of the corona virus and its manifestation on the ground in terms of social and economic impacts. Potential historians current pandemic would rely heavily on these media accounts for the benefit of posterity, ”Naidu said.

“By highlighting various aspects of the pandemic and documenting them both factually and analytically, the media set the agenda for debates and discussions on the management of the pandemic in our parliamentary institutions. reference sources to raise relevant questions, ”he added.

“Let’s all recognize their contribution and pat them the way they deserve,” he concluded.


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