Dismissing the ‘government vs media’ debate, he said his ministry would work in a direction where any media, whether public broadcaster Prasar Bharati or private channels, becomes the ‘voice of people’.
“The prime minister is very clear that the media in our country is one of the very important pillars of democracy and they have to self-regulate,” Rathore told reporters.
Rathore assumed charge as Minister of State (Independent charge) of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry after replacing Smriti Zubin Irani. He also holds the portfolio of Sports Ministry.
In Indian media, the I&B minister said self-regulation was done in various layers, first by a journalist and then by editors, and that the government believes in self-regulation by the media.
He said that the government has been able to establish two-way communication with the people of the country. On the challenges posed by social media, I&B minister said the social media platform was ‘totally independent’ and that there would be ‘all kinds of dialogues’ in it. “We hope people put across their views with responsibility,” he added.