Apr 18, 2020 GKFTII
Let noble thoughts come to us from every side” is a message from Rigveda given to humanity centuries ago which propagates the idea of freedom of speech along with responsibility. The Indian Constitution has given this right to media under the Article 19 (1)(a) and has posed certain restrictions too under the Article 19(2) to put a check on this right. The basic objective is to serve the society with news, information and views on the issues related to public interest in an unbiased and fair manner and serve its role as the watchdog of democracy in true sense.
The press is a crucial pillar of democracy. With the dawn of privatization in Media Industry and bloom of TV channels, the media has taken a foremost seat in the lives of people and has controlled every facet of society be its thought process or behavior. Its impact is all-pervasive. But it cannot lose sight of its responsibilities and duties and it becomes mandatory for it to follow certain ethics while disseminating and collecting information. In the context of the press, “Ethics” may be described as a set of moral principles or values, which guide the conduct of journalism.
Honesty and fairness;duty to provide an opportunity to reply to critical opinions; respect for privacy;duty to distinguish between facts and opinion;duty not to endanger people;general standards of decency and taste and duty not to falsify pictures or to use them in a misleading fashion are some of the ethics that every person belonging to journalism field must abide by. Gulshan Kumar Journalism and Media Institute of India make utmost efforts to inculcate these ethics in the minds of budding journalists. The media students are given skilled professional training along with building internal mechanism for adherence to these guidelines and ethics.