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Media is corrupt, Kapil Sibal says

Author: Suchandana Gupta
Publication: The Times of India
Date: May 6, 2013
URL: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Media-is-corrupt-Kapil-Sibal-says/articleshow/19904824.cms

[Note from the Hindu Vivek Kendra:  We wonder how the media will handle this serious allegation.  Will the electronic media have special panel discussions on the subject?]

Cornered by reporters questioning him on increasing allegations of corruption against the UPA government, Union communications and IT minister Kapil Sibal hurled the charge back saying the country's media, too, was corrupt and is doing nothing to curb corruption within the profession.

Sibal was addressing a press conference at the state Congress headquarters when reporters persistently questioned him about railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal and his nephew's connection in the Railway Board appointment scam.

"Corruption is everywhere. It's not just in the Congress. Corruption is not just your prerogative or mine," Sibal said, and then added, "You must know about paid news. Corruption is also in paid news. Corruption is in society and in every strata of society. No one can end it but incidents of corruption can be reduced."

Sibal blamed television channels for "promoting consumerism" which he argued has led to corruption in society. "Media has also been corrupt. But what steps have you taken to stop corruption in your profession? The media can allege corruption but if I do the same against the media, I am gagging freedom of expression," Sibal said.

Sibal was soon joined by his cabinet colleague, health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, who said, "The amount of developmental policies implemented in eight years of the UPA government is unprecedented. This has been the golden period in the country's governance history. But we don't deny the lapses, including corruption. But that is a very small fraction, it is minimal, only in decimals."

Azad, too, slammed the media saying it was creating negativity. "So much negativity is taking the nation towards a difficult situation. No one talks or writes about the thousands of hospitals and lakhs of schools this government has constructed. There are four pillars of our democracy, the legislature, executive, judiciary and the media. The media is expected to be part of the construction and not demolition."
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