Ex-President Pranab Mukherjee advises journalists to be careful with social media posts
New Delhi : Speaking at a media award function in Kolkata, ex President Pranab Mukherjee advised people to be careful with the content they are writing and sharing on the social media.
"Several social and communal tensions have traced their roots to rumours shared over social media by mischievous persons. Even people who innocently share such posts become party to the mischief," Mukherjee was quoted as saying by PTI.
While speaking at the function, he claimed that he strictly believed in print journalism. Whenever he reads newspapers, he is assured that the articles have been edited and verified, which is not the case with social media.
"This is why we need to be extremely careful while sharing information on social media," he was quoted as saying.
"You (journalists) can be at liberty of expressing your views as an individual in the editorial, but please maintain objectivity in the news," he added.
He claimed that it is okay to have a personal perspective to a news but what is important is that they must be aware of what is being passed to the citizens.