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“Stay Cautious”, IB Minister Anurag Thakur Urged Indian Media

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Kochi: Anurag Thakur, Minister of Information and Broadcasting, urged the country’s media fraternity on Saturday to be cautious and refrain from giving space to narratives that threaten the nation’s integrity. Substandard and illogical opinions, whether delivered freely from within or without the country, he added, could not destroy the country’s democratic nature.

“I urge the media fraternity to remain cautious and desist from giving its space intentionally or unintentionally to such voices and narratives that have the potential to threaten the integrity of India,” he said.

The minister was speaking while attending the centenary celebrations of the eminent Malayalam daily “Mathrubhumi” as a special guest.

He stated that there is a proverb that states that facts are sacred and opinions are free.

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He stated that there is a proverb that says facts are sacred but opinions are free.

“I want to emphasise here that the democratic nature of our great nation will always remain a fact, no matter how many unsubstantiated and illogical opinions are freely delivered from within or abroad,” Thakur said, urging organisations such as Mathrubhumi to develop an effective mechanism to combat fake narratives and anti-India bias.

The Minister stated that while the advent of newer technologies presents a unique opportunity to break down barriers, “there lurks a growing danger of digital colonialism on platforms run by algorithms coded offshore behind the walls of transparency.”

His remarks came in the wake of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s statement in London that the country’s democracy was under “brutal attack,” as well as the BBC’s controversial documentary on the Gujarat riots.

According to Thakur, the word “democracy” is frequently heard in public discourse these days; a noble principle of governance has been reduced to a fashion statement by those who have consistently attempted to weaken democracy and its institutions in our country. In an apparent dig at Congress, he said that violators are now posing as victims.

 

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