Facing fierce allegations from various sections of the media on various irregularities of the UPA Government, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in a roundtable conference, interacted with TV Editors on February 16, 2011. In an almost hour-long press conference, the Prime Minister replied to every question posed by the editors on 2G, Adarsh Housing scam, Commonwealth Games bungles and the latest ISRO scam, among others.
Dr Singh, while lauding the role of the media, also urged it to be more cautious while reporting.
He said, “The media have drawn the country’s attention to some aberrations in allocation of the 2G spectrum, the Commonwealth Games and, more recently, some developments in the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Adarsh Society affairs.”
He urged, “While opinions are a matter of speculation, facts are sacred and should not be distorted. Facts should be as objective as possible.”
Meanwhile, replying to a question by an editor on the current atmosphere in the country, Dr Singh said, “This sort of atmosphere saps our self confidence and spoils the country’s image.”
He also emphasised, “Media should be as objective as possible in reporting on the country’s affairs.”
The editors who were present at the press conference included Prannoy Roy (NDTV), Aroon Purie (Aaj Tak), Rajdeep Sardesai (CNN-IBN), Arnab Goswami (Times Now), Upendra Rai (Sahara News), Shazi Zaman (Star News), Satish K Singh (Zee News), Ramakrishnan (Sun TV), Pranjal Sharma (Bloomberg UTV), Sanjay Pugalia (CNBC), and Sanjay Majumdar (BBC), among many others.