Vice-President Ansari exhorts editors to maintain high professional and ethical standards

New Delhi, Mar. 19 (ANI): Vice President M. Hamid Ansari has said that the examples of editorials demonstrating the high professional and ethical standards are now few and far between.

Delivering the inaugural address at the seminar on the ‘Role of editors in today’s media’ organized by Rajya Sabha Television, here today, Vice President Ansari said that the editor holds the key to forming public perception, and thereby set the agenda for the national debate.

“The Press Council of India Guidelines on Ethical Norms deal at some length with Editors’ Discretion. It recognizes that in the matter of writing an editorial, the editor enjoys a good deal of latitude and discretion. It is for him/her to choose the subject and to use the language considered appropriate, provided that in the process the boundaries of the law and norms of journalism are not transgressed and the views are couched in sober, dignified and socially acceptable language,” he said.

“The guidelines uphold the editors’ discretion in the selection of the material for publication, but in the expectation that, on a controversial issue of public interest, all views are given equal prominence so that the public can form an independent opinion in the matter,” he added.

The Vice President further said that to uphold journalistic ethos and values, an editor must ensure that the content is accurate and relevant; be impartial and independent and be fair and respectful.

The Vice President said that over the years there has been a change in the role and the position of the editor. He further said that the lines between an editorial and an advertisement should be drawn in bold.

The digital medium today provides space for independent thought and contrarian views, he added. (ANI)

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