New Delhi, Aug 26 : Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni has appealed to the media to act responsibly and to be objective and impartial, while reporting of events.
"I appeal to the media to try and realise its strength. If this strength is misused or utilised in propagating only one-sided views, then the nation may suffer. The media is free and it should act responsibly to convey and create a level-playing field. It is the duty of the media to be objective and impartial," Soni told mediapersons outside the Parliament on Thursday.
"I am accused of being too liberal. But, I am following the Constitution. And I expect my colleagues of the media ... your editors and owners of media houses, that the level playing field is also written in the Constitution of India," she added, while emphasisng that she was a very liberal person.
Soni further said the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government and Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh are the liberal face of Indian democracy.
"The UPA Government and Dr. Manmohan Singh are the liberal face of Indian democracy. None of us wants to go against any provision of the Constitution. Media enjoys full rights, but that should not mean that you don''t remain objective. It should definitely not mean that you associate with one point of view and ignore another point of view. And it should definitely not mean that you should not lay a level-playing field," Soni said.
"When it seems that the media is attached to one point of view, then others who do not subscribe to one side also have the right not to agree to this. When media takes sides, every MP has anger towards it," she added.
Soni further said the Members of Parliament feel that the opinion, which media is propagating is not the public opinion all over the country.
"MPs feel that the opinion which media is propagating is not the public opinion all over the country. After all, every MP represents 10 to 12 lakh voters in Parliament. They feel that people don''t feel the same what the media is projecting all the time," said Soni.
"To propagate that MPs should be gheraoed is not justified. There may be different voices, but the objective is the same -- to free the nation from corruption," she added.
Commenting on Anna Hazare, Soni said that all MPs have sincerely appealed to him to end his fast. (ANI)