Planning and Water Supply Minister Rauff Hakeem has observed that the media has to strike a balance and be fair in reporting events in which police and public are concerned. He assured that things could improve with the appointment of police commission.
He was addressing the House. He said: “The Government has set up the independent commissions, including the Police Commission.As a government we have to deal with the problems of those in the police. As we saw in the case of protesting students of HNDA (Higher National Diploma in Accountancy), the media repeatedly showed footage of the clashes between the students and Police.
The amount of force to be used to contain a riotous situation is a decision that has to be made on the spot by officers who are there to ensure that the situation does not get out of hand.We need to understand the service constraints that police officers are under before we jump to conclusions and criticise them. The media too needs to be fair when looking at these issues that concern police personnel and the public. The culture of impunity over a period of time was due to several factors. Unnecessary politicisation has also affected the way things have grown out of hand but with the introduction of the Police Commission things are bound to improve.”
In the coming months when we implement the Right to Information (RTI) Act, that will further empower people to expose wrong doing and corruption leading to increasing transparency in the way the Government conducts its affairs. As the Prime Minister very correctly pointed out the media too has to very correctly report incidents. They got to be balanced in their approach and give both sides of the story and be fair by the readers and not to be seen siding with one faction and giving twisted version of events.’