New Delhi : Indian Federation of Working Journalist (IFWJ) has appealed to journalists of all streams not to circulate any unverified news particularly when the country is in the midst of the war against KOVID 19. Journalists must do every bit to dispel the rumours, which is mostly spread and echoed through social media.
The IFWJ has requested the media persons not to fall prey to whispers and hearsays, which are flowing thick and fast in this extremely difficult time. Media persons must avoid circulating and commenting on such news, which have not been crosschecked by them. Needless to say that fake news items create an atmosphere of fear and anarchy in society, therefore, adherence to objectivity must be followed to save the credibility of the profession.
The IFWJ has also requested the Central government as well as all the State governments to provide full safety and adequate insurance cover to the journalists, who working in the field. The IFWJ has expressed satisfaction that, by and large, media’s conduct in India has been highly ethical and responsible barring a few, who have failed to come up to the rigours of the profession. Being the fourth estate media is expected to keep the public morale high to win against this invisible pandemic.
IFWJ is fully aware of the fact that the media particularly the print medium is passing through the worst ever crisis, therefore, it is incumbent upon the governments, media houses to ensure that no employee is rendered jobless.