The State Government is against imposing any restriction on media, said Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. Those who are being exposed by media are not against media, he added in his speech in the launching ceremony of Panorama Television’s Malayalam News Channel, News 18 Kerala.
Those in the media sector should realize that a few politicians and prominent personalities keep distance from media because they are afraid of controversies created by media. It is unfortunate that a section of media is exaggerating silly things at the cost of serious issues affecting the nation and our society. There should be a self-check in this issue, the chief minister added.
Speaking on the developmental initiatives of Kerala, he said that economic recession is not going to stall any of the projects. The government has options before it to arrange funds for various projects being planned, Pinarayi Vijayan said.
Responding to the rumors on liquor ban, the Chief Minister assured that new liquor policy would be adopted with an open mind.
Instead of rushing for breaking news, media should report news truthfully said Ramesh Chennithala, opposition leader of Kerala Legislative Assembly. He specifically appreciated the way the group has responded to the causality of their colleague Sanil Phillip and his family.
Former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy who also spoke in the function claimed that no Government project was stopped due to economic recession during his term.
Political violence, financial management, liquor policy, etc. are the major challenges before the new State Government, said Jagdeesh Chandra, Head News Network. Keeping aside political differences, parties should join hands to make the development of the state a reality, he added.
Head News Network Jagdish Chandra in his welcome speech said that News18 Kerala will provide credible news in the state and will emerge as "voice of the people" in the state. He said this channel will help government also to take its developmental programmes and policies to the people. He said News18 Kerala will be a free, fair and independent channel.
Other dignitaries present included P.Sreeramakrishnan, Speaker, Kerala Legislative Assembly, V.S.Achuthanandan, former Chief Minister, Venu Rajamani, Press Secretary to the President of India, Ravi Pillai, Industrialist, Kadakampalli Surendran and E.P.Jayarajan both State Ministers, Kummanam Rajasekharan, B.J.P. State President, O.Rajagopal, MLA and former Central Minister, senior bureaucrats and other personalities from legal, film and sports fraternity.