Dhenkanal: The Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Dhenkanal organised a seminar on “Media and Governance” in collaboration with the Bhubaneswar chapter of Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) on Saturday.
Speaking during the seminar, Sarat Chandra Mishra , Former DGP of Odisha, said that there are many ways in which media can contribute positively to good governance.
“For example, there are four aspects of criminal justice system viz. Investigation, Prosecution, Trial and Prison. If media highlights their lacunae and help them revamp and re-establish their credibility there is no reason why we need institutions like Lokpal, Human Rights Commission – all with enormous power but no responsibilities.”
Mishra, who is also an expert on Human Rights, said that the media has managed to create a liberal democracy and it is a liberating force. It should be free but with conditions on its freedom.
Talking in context of the 21st century Dr. Chitra Kanuongo, author of Freedom under Assault, said that the social media is what connects media houses to public opinion. Media is the instrument that takes the feedback and tracks the delivery of governance.
BB Mishra, former DGP of Odisha and chairman of IIPA, Bhubaneswar, called for a law to protect the rights of journalists.
“There is a need for strong labour law protecting media professionals. Unless that happens we cannot have bold media persons reporting the bare truth. Bold media professionals are essentials for democracy. Bold media persons imply bold media as a whole. This will usher in golden era for democracy. Good governance will be possible, then,” he said.
The seminar was inaugurated by Dr Mrinal Chatterjee, Head of Institute and Professor of IIMC Dhenkanal and other office bearers of IIPA. Faculty members and students of IIMC, Dhenkanal, members of IIPA Bhubaneswar, and many media persons participated in the seminar.