Union Minister Emphasizes Responsible Use of AI in Media on National Press Day
Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur highlighted the importance of responsible journalism and the cautious use of artificial intelligence (AI) in media during his address at an event organized by the Press Council of India on National Press Day. Thakur emphasized the need to uphold journalistic integrity and prevent AI models from adopting biases from their training data, which could compromise the integrity of media content.
Speaking on the theme of Media in the Era of Artificial Intelligence, Thakur stated that this day serves as a reminder of our collective commitment to responsible journalism. He expressed his hope that the media will play a constructive role in showcasing India’s transformation and capturing the aspirations of the diverse population across different regions and sectors.
While acknowledging the significant role of AI in news production, Thakur cautioned that it cannot fully replace the expertise and experience of human editors. The nuanced understanding, contextual knowledge, and oversight provided by editors will always surpass the capabilities of AI.
Thakur also highlighted the challenges faced by the media, including the spread of fake propaganda against India by certain individuals and media outlets. He stressed the collective responsibility to challenge such narratives, expose falsehoods, and ensure that the truth prevails. Additionally, he called for addressing the persistent misconceptions propagated by Western biases when it comes to the portrayal of India and its media.
Acknowledging India’s vibrant and free press, Thakur urged the media to exercise caution in the era of misinformation, where false information can be amplified with a click. He encouraged media organizations to adopt a discerning approach, avoiding sensationalism and narratives that could harm societal fabric. The unity and integrity of the nation should be safeguarded by the Indian media, refraining from providing space to anti-India views.
National Press Day, observed annually on November 16, celebrates the significance of a free and responsible press in a democratic society. The day marks the establishment of the Press Council of India, which acts as a regulatory body for the news media in the country.
Union Minister Anurag Thakur emphasized the responsible use of AI in media and the preservation of journalistic integrity during his address on National Press Day. He highlighted the need for AI models to be free from biases and acknowledged that the role of human editors can never be fully replaced. Thakur also urged the media to challenge fake propaganda and misconceptions while safeguarding the interests of India. National Press Day commemorates the establishment of the Press Council of India, which regulates the news media in the country.