Media showing only govt’s negative side: Sibal, Azad

Rattled by a string of corruption scandals, two Union ministers on Sunday blamed the media for focussing only on the negative and invoked the 'paid news' phenomenon to get even.

Minister for Communications and Information Technology Kapil Sibal said corruption was endemic in the society, including media, but when confronted the latter alleges that it was being denied freedom of expression.

Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad wondered if journalists should be imported from the US and UK to write about the good works that the UPA was doing over the years like building roads, schools and hospitals. Going a step further, Sibal said the media was promoting unbridled consumerism and argued that it was leading to corruption. "The fourth estate should be part of construction and not demolition," Azad said advising the media to keep the nation's interests in mind because they are "Hindustanis too".

The ministers, who were addressing a joint press conference at the Congress headquarters here, said the audio-visual media was spreading negativity round the clock and defaming individuals.

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