Media’s role in curbing corruption

1 October, 2016 12:00 AM printer

Corruption, the biggest challenge in the country, needs to be eradicated. It is a poisonous offshoot of some people’s greed for wealth and leads to misuse of the government resources, affects investment, slows down economic progress, weakens the democratic system, hinders good governance and fuels poverty. Pervasive corruption is unfortunate and a matter of grave concern for every citizen. Corruption has been playing a sinister role in creating multifarious problems for the society.
Many projects for the welfare of the people remain unimplemented as corruption comes into play. According to the TIB National Household Survey, some 70 per cent households fall victim to corruption in getting basic services that they are supposed to get free of cost. Speakers at a view exchange meeting held in the city the other day highlighted the role of print and electronic media in preventing corruption. They opined that media can strengthen fight against corruption through mobilisation of public opinion.
Corruption is rampant in our public administration. In the changed value system in the society as a whole, corrupt people are often considered as efficient and successful persons while the honest ones are looked down on. Corruption has become deep-rooted in society and seemingly it has become the order of the day. Corrupt practice has flourished due to little regard for the rule of law and lack of accountability and transparency in public administration.
Awareness drives, slogans and meetings are not enough to eradicate the curse of corruption. Stringent laws and implementation of the same is the remedy. Media can educate people about the harm of the vice and how it deprives them of their rights, hampers democracy and obstructs development. Independent and responsible media can render great service in changing wrong conceptions about and lenient attitude towards corruption.