Some electronic and social media houses have posted a news item stating that “the Speaker, Arun Upreti walks out amidst the session” . However, this news is not accurate and does not reflect the true proceedings of the House, write in SLA Press Release.
In reality, the House was disrupted and was adjourned for 10 minutes by the Chair under rule 319 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Sikkim Legislative Assembly. The session resumed after 10 minutes, and the Speaker did not walk out as reported by some media outlets.
This misreporting by the media houses is a breach of the privilege of the House. Action will be taken as per the standing rules against those media houses who have misreported the proceedings of the House without confirming the information from the appropriate authority.
It is important for media outlets to ensure the accuracy of their reporting, especially when it comes to parliamentary proceedings. Misreporting can have serious consequences and can undermine the credibility of both the media and the parliamentary institution.
SLA Press Release
When it comes to reporting on Parliament news, there are several ethical considerations that the media should keep in mind.
Firstly, accuracy and fact-checking are crucial. It is important for journalists to ensure that their reporting is based on reliable sources and that they verify any information before publishing it. This is especially important in the context of Parliament, where decisions made can have significant impacts on society.
Secondly, impartiality is key. Journalists should strive to present a balanced view of the issues being discussed in Parliament, without showing bias towards any particular political party or agenda. This can be challenging, as reporters may have their own opinions and beliefs, but it is important to set these aside and focus on providing objective reporting.
Thirdly, transparency is essential. Journalists should be open about their sources and methods of gathering information, and should disclose any conflicts of interest that may arise. This helps to build trust with the public and ensures that the reporting is seen as credible.
Finally, privacy and confidentiality should be respected. While Parliament is a public institution, there may be sensitive or confidential information that is discussed behind closed doors. Journalists should be careful not to report on information that could compromise national security or the privacy of individuals involved in parliamentary proceedings.
Overall, reporting on Parliament news requires a high degree of professionalism and ethical responsibility. By adhering to these principles, journalists can ensure that their reporting is accurate, impartial, transparent, and respectful of privacy and confidentiality.
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