“I call it proactive journalism”

Zee News editor Sudhir Chaudhary in an interview to Open:

What’s the difference between campaign and a media trial?

It has become necessary for media houses to take a stand on certain issues. It has to be a nationalistic approach. That benefits the people of India. What do you call neutral and secular? No one is neutral anymore. I will pitch for a nationalistic reporting, so you can make some contribution to society.  I call it proactive journalism. We put across a point and ask society to act on it. It’s like instant journalism- same day you raise an issue, by evening you reach a conclusion.

In other words, we don’t believe it is the job of the media to research, report, present facts, examine alternate points of view — raise issue, reach “conclusion”, move on.

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