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PCI 'dismayed' by Govt's stand on reflecting only official version of COVID-19 in Media

New Delhi, Apr 3 (UNI) The Press Club of India (PCI) on Friday said that it is dismayed by the pleading of the Union government, which practically appears to suggest that only the official version of the situation arising out of the massive COVID-19 crisis be reflected in the media.
The PCI said that it rejects such an approach and further expressed criticism of it.
In an official statement, the press body said the Supreme Court evidently was also not persuaded by the official approach and had asked the government to make it's version available to the media on a routine basis.

This makes facts disseminated by the government easily accessible, the PCI said, adding that the apex court was careful not to stop the media from doing it's work.

The PCI further said that the mainstream media has rendered splendid service in dissemination of reliable,
often dispelling sensationalism and fake stuff circulating on social media that can hamper work against the
COVID-19 pandemic or can spark social tension.
In doing its work, the mainstream media has, on some issues, attempted to show lapses in the official effort.

This is very important for society and for the government as this potentially opens the process of correction.

Media persons take personal risks in stepping out to bring facts to the notice of society. Even at the lower levels,
official functionaries must avoid the temptation to place obstacles in their path, said PCI President Anand Sahay and
Secretary Genral Anant Bagaitkar in a joint statement.
The PCI also said that the FIR against Siddharth Vardarajan, founder-editor of the web- journal "The Wire", is reprehensible, as the media outlet had merely reported that UP CM Yogi Adityanath had presided over a religious ceremony in Ayodhya recently, with a large body of people in attendance after the national lockdown announced by the PM.

CMs, other high political and executive functionaries should present a good example to the society. It is not expected that they threaten the media in doing an honest job, the PCI said.
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