“It is the moral duty of the media to tell the truth and nothing but the truth” – Vice President
VP says that credibility is the biggest challenge that media is facing today
AI is here to stay, but it brings its own set of challenges and ethical questions – Vice-President
No disruptive technology can be a substitute for a well-informed, conscientious journalist
AI anchors and language models are threatening the jobs of thousands
Vice President calls for swift action against purveyors of fake news and ethical breaches
VP addresses the Inaugural Function of the National Press Day
The Vice President, Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar today emphasised that it is the moral duty of media to “tell the truth and nothing but the truth”. He said that it is the responsibility of everyone connected with the media, be it journalists or owners of newspapers and other forms of communication, to be truthful.
Asserting that credibility is the biggest challenge that the media is facing today, VP said that it is surprising that this aspect is being blissfully ignored in some quarters.
Addressing the inaugural function of National Press Day at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi today, the Vice-President underlined the pivotal role of the Media in functioning of democracy. Noting that media is not a power centre or stakeholder in realpolitik, he said, “It is painful to see that some journalists have taken it upon themselves to change the course of democratic process, contrary to ground sentiments.” He cautioned that we need to be alive to such dangers.
Reflecting on media's challenges, the Vice-President noted, "It is commerce driven. It floats narratives. It has become unfortunately stakeholder in agitation sustainability. It seeks the role of partisan influencer in democratic process." Urging swift action, he called upon the Press Council of India to intervene promptly against those intentionally spreading fake news and compromising professional ethics.
Referring to media's responsibility as a watchdog of government, VP said it is tasked with holding those in power accountable.
VP said that the commitment to truth, and the unwavering dedication of journalists will continue to make the media a force for good in our society and “no disruptive technology can be a substitute for a well-informed, conscientious journalist.”
Observing that Artificial Intelligence brings its own set of challenges and ethical questions, he said that the spread of misinformation, deep fakes, creation of echo chambers and micro targeting of information influence the democratic process, creating chaos and instability in society.
Noting Artificial Intelligence (AI) as an integral part of our technological landscape and it as a technology, “which is here to stay”, VP said that AI anchors and language models which can write media reports after collating information from multiple sources are threatening the jobs of thousands.
Highlighting the imperative of responsible and ethical journalism amidst the AI era, the Vice-President said that “It is paramount that journalists and media outlets uphold the highest standards of integrity”. He also stressed that fact-checking, rigorous source verification and unwavering editorial independence are of importance in today's media landscape.
Shri Dhankhar urged everyone to move forward with “a spirit of innovation and responsibility, harnessing the potential of AI while upholding the principles of journalism that have served us well for generations”. He expressed hope in unified capacity to navigate this new era, ensuring that progressive media stands unwavering as a beacon of truth and accountability within our democracy.
Shri Anurag Singh Thakur, Hon’ble Minister of Information & Broadcasting and Youth Affairs & Sports, Dr. L. Murugan, Hon’ble Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting and Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying, Smt. Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai, Chairperson, Press Council of India, Shri Amitabh Kant, G20 Sherpa, Shri Nungsanglemba Ao, Secretary, Press Council of India and other dignitaries attended the event.