Kochi, Aug 30: Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar on Friday said the Government was committed to media freedom for ever. “Media freedom is the essence of democracy. But it must be also understood that in a democratic civil society, freedom has to be responsible freedom,” Javadekar said while delivering the keynote address on the topic “New India: Government and Media” at the News Conclave organised by Malayala Manorama.
“Responsible freedom is not regulated freedom; its self-regulation using our own methods. Perform, Reform and Transform are the three pillars on which New India’s vision has been built upon,” he said. The New India envisioned by the Government would be free of corruption, terror, casteism, communalism and poverty. “We have a diverse country. Diversity is the spirit of India. Live and let live is the basis of Indian philosophy,” the Minister said.
Incidents of mob lynching were happening in the country due to rumour-spreading in social media. This happened because of the absence of an authority or self-regulatory mechanism in social media, he added. On governance, the Minister said the Government welcomed all kinds of criticism as they give insights into governance.
Regarding media freedom in Kashmir, Javadekar, “Though there was a phase of reasonable restrictions, most of them have been being progressively removed every day; and we will have a completely normal, new Kashmir and new India.” Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the conclave via video conferencing from Delhi.(UNI)