journalists killed in 2010, media group says
More than 100
journalists were killed in 2010 while covering the world's trouble
spots, with Mexico and Pakistan the most deadly places, an
independent media group reported Monday.
The non-government organisation
Agartala: A free
press, which strives to be the voice of the people, is more vital
than free government, Press Council of India (PCI) chairman G.N.
Roy said Tuesday.
According to Roy, a former Supreme Court judge and Gujarat High
Court chief justice, the PCI had already suggested to the centre
to form an autonomous and self-regulating media commission.
"Trivialisation of news, paid news syndrome and not giving proper
priority to national interests are the most unfortunate,
condemnable and revolting affairs," Roy told reporters at a 'Meet
the Press' programme here.
"Taking support from the corporate houses is not so illegitimate
an act, but over- corporatisation of media houses is not
expected," he said, adding that media organisations should always
look to the interests of the journalists.
Proliferation of media houses has generated an "unholy
competition" among them and they should instead be the voice of
the "voice-less people", he said.
Rejecting the belief that the PCI is a 'toothless tiger', he said:
"We do not want to strangulate... the media, the PCI wants to see
a free press which would be a watchdog in all aspects."
According to Roy, the constitutional body receives 1,100 to 1,200
complaints a year on an average.
"Governments, both at the centre and the states, are more or less
following the directives and judgments of the PCI, but the media
houses in most cases have not been complying with the orders," he
Supporting sting operations by the media, the council chief said
they should be conducted with great care and keeping in mind the
interests of the nation.