PM Modi urges media representatives to spread awareness on Coronavirus

During a video conference interaction, the Prime Minister on Monday spoke to owners and senior editors of electronic media institutions and asked them to motivate the public to stay at home

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Mar 24, 2020 2:47 PM
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday interacted with owners and senior editors of electronic media institutions of the country via video conferencing.

The PM discussed all points related to coronavirus and urged mediapersons to spread maximum awareness about COVID-19 through various media campaigns.

Among the media representatives PM Modi spoke to were Kalli Purie, Vice-Chairperson, India Today Group; Smita Prakash, Editor, ANI; Anuradha Prasad, Chairman and Managing Director, BAG Network; Avinash Pandey, CEO, ABP News Network (ANN); Vineet Jain, Managing director and Director of Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd.; Rahul Shivshankar, Editor-in-Chief, Times Now; Kartikeya Sharma, MD of ITV Network; Arnab Goswami, Editor-in-Chief, Republic; Dr Subhash Chandra, Chairman, Essel Group; and Rajat Sharma, Chairman & Editor-in-Chief, India TV.

Elaborating on the interaction, Purie said, “In his detailed interaction with news broadcasters, PM Narendra Modi stressed on the importance of social distancing and staying at home to control the spread of the virus. It was an emotional talk, given the seriousness of the challenge. And it was really heartening to see that the PM seemed completely in control and confident of the situation. We fully support his call to #StayHome and will use our platforms to spread the message. Stay home stay alive."

Rajat Sharma, Editor-in-Chief, India TV, also thanked the PM for his significant steps against Covid-19. “Thank You PM @narendramodi for meaningful interaction with news broadcasters. We are with you in this war against #Coronavirus,” read his Tweet.

Rahul Joshi, Group Editor, Network18, too applauded the PM for commencing a battle against coronavirus. In his tweet, Joshi wrote, The Prime Minister appeals to media to spread awareness. Stay CALM, Stay SAFE and #StayHome A campaign cutting across the country, across media platforms, across genres... You can also join the #StayHome campaign @narendramodi

Kartikeya Sharma of ITV Network said, "The PM was candid in discussing the problem and we spoke about starting this hashtag #stayathome. He was very appreciative of the fact that the media is playing such a positive and constructive role at a time when the country needs it the most. I personally gave two suggestions: one that if recovered patients could come to the forefront and share their stories, and second about recognising individuals from the medical profession and police who are putting their lives at risk and doing an extraordinary job."

Modi asked media personnel to motivate the public to stay at home. He also asked people to be aware of ways to promote digital payments.

He also appreciated the work being done by mediapersons and said that the service done by reporters, cameraperson and technicians to the nation is great. Information Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar was also a part of the press conference.


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