journalist-editors have hardly anything to do.“I believe if a journalist wants to be corrupt, that is his choice. What I express concern that in many occasions, the reporter-journalist-editors are asked (or compelled) to do some activities, which they really don’t like to obey. But only because of the job, they do so and that way contributes in biased journalism,” Sainath stated.He observes that the contract system of appointment of journalists by the media managements has affected the independence of media persons to a great extent. Sainath finally asserted, “Let’s finish the culture of ‘paid news’ in the media, otherwise it will finish us in the coming days.”Sainath, while advocating legislation against such malpractices, emphasized on the strengthening the existing regulatory bodies like Press Council of India. He also opined that the Election Commission (of India) had a major role to play ‘in curbing misuse of the press and money power in politics.’Inaugurated by the Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, the meet was attended by a number of eminent journalists from various parts of the country and also representatives from Pakistan and Bangladesh. In his inaugural speech, the Chief Minister Chavan urged the media persons from the region to play a greater role in paving way for an atmosphere of better friendship among various nations for sustainable partnership, growth and development.Eminent Pakistani journalist Imtiaz Alam, while expressing his views, observed that the media in both India and Pakistan have to play responsible role while reporting bilateral issues.“I observe that there are growing numbers of Indian experts on Pakistan and also Pakistani experts on India. Please do not believe them as they lack credibility,” said Alam.The secretary general of SAFMA concluded his version saying, “Please don’t term Pakistan as an enemy nation. I say the same for the Pakistani journalists towards India as well. Our country is under tremendous threat from the terrorists. We expect some solidarity from the largest democracy in the world. Being a journalist, I feel we have to do more for the people of both the countries.”Alam, also a renowned human right activist earlier offered his condolences to the victims and their families of the Mumbai tragedy (26/11). He concluded his remark emphasizing the need for resumption of dialogue between New Delhi and Islamabad for curbing terrorism and also all round development of the region.The Bangladeshi journalist Reazuddin Ahmed made it a point that an inherent suspicion remained always intact with the people in general and the journalists in particular of South Asia. The editor of The News Today, an English daily published from Dhaka, emphasised more journalists to travel their neighbouring countries to understand relevant issues and report accordingly. He also appealed to the governments of the region to make relaxation to visa rules for the benefit of the travelling journalists.The meet was also addressed by eminent Indian journalist-editors K K Katyal (president of SAFMA India), Kumar Ketkar (editor of Loksatta), Vinod Sharma (political editor of Hindustan Times), Om Thanvi (editor of Jansatta), Sreekant Khandekar with the former Union IB minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, film maker Madhur Bhandarkar and technocrat
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