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Journalists call on citizens to tackle fake news

Journalists call on citizens to tackle fake news.

Stressing on the importance of social media to counter fake news, senior journalist and editor-in-chief of The Citizen, Seema Mustafa said if social media is being used to propagate negative propaganda, journalists can also use such platforms to counter the fake news.

Speaking at the seminar “ Changing Media Landscape: Blurring Lines between Alternative and Mainstream Media”, on April 22, 2017, Mustafa said that the onus lies on the society to hold accountable the people sharing fake news for their vested interests. The event was a part of media festival, AINAA 2017, organized by the department of Convergent Journalism, Jamia Millia Islamia.

Researcher and journalist Siddharth Narraina lso stressed on the need to tackle fake news and the related propaganda. He said people have started using bots and other technology as a response to automated fake news internationally.

Political editor of The Caravan magazine, Hartosh Singh Bal, one of the panelists at the seminar, said that in the times when media is driven by vested interests, young journalists have to find a place for themselves where they are not compelled to compromise with the ethics.

Elaborating on the changing media scenario for journalists, founding editor of Newslaundry, Madhu Trehan, said that journalists should uphold the values of good journalism irrespective of organizational biases.

Further stressing on the issue, Mustafa said while reporting on sensitive issues, the constitution should be the benchmark. She said writing for marginalized and oppressed people of the country upholds the spirit of the constitution.

The director of AJK Mass Communication Research Center, Iftekhar Ahmed, in his opening speech stressed on the need of robust educational institutions in the country to promote ethical journalism.

Shohini Ghosh, senior professor at AJK Mass Communication research Center, moderated the session. A large number of students and faculty members of Jamia Millia Islamia attended the event.

The event was followed by screening of documentary films and online multimedia projects made by the students of Convergent Journalism. The screening was attended by renowned filmmaker AmarKanwar and senior journalist RituKapur, said Jamia in a release.

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