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Restrain from sensationalizing news: Gogoi

Negative and sensational way of covering news must be checked, the chief minister insisted


Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has said that rather than sensationalizing news, media should highlight tribal religion and tourism.

"News and entertainment media should explore ways to promote tribal religion, prayer, culture and tourism while highlighting civil obedience and dialogue,” the chief minister said during the Media Entertainment Business Conclave: MEBC Kolkata – A New Dawn: Resurgence of the East yesterday.

He said that the negative and sensational way of covering news must be checked.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also took part in the conclave.

Salesian priest Fr. Jospeh Pulinthanath, an award-winning film maker, was one of the participants at the event.

Gogoi underlined the social responsibility that media needs to exercise especially in his militancy-hit state.

“Media must show commitment to highlight the injustices due to insurgencies and at the same time speak about the human tragedies insurgents face,” he said while addressing 300 members of media and entertainment fraternity.

He also said that media must expose the real problems of the society through social awareness.

Gogoi called on the media to help schools and colleges in promoting religious values in youngsters.

“Why should TV channels show tragedies of terrorist bomb blasts for hours? Why an 80 per cent turn out in the state elections does not make news?” he said.

The day-long sessions covered the entire gamut of media and entertainment such as films, broadcast (TV and radio), digital entertainment, animation, gaming, and visual effects.

The conclave was organized by FICCI-FRAMES, Asia’s largest and most definitive annual convention makers on the business of entertainment.

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