Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur said on Wednesday that the growth of the internet through affordable mobile devices has revived the media sector and that 5G technology is poised to increase the speed of news delivery. Speaking at the 17th Asia Media Summit via video conferencing, Thakur said that the media in the present day is highly technology-driven and witnessed innovation at a rapid pace.
The growth of the internet through affordable mobile devices has revitalized the media industry, he said, adding that 5G technology will further improve the user experience with faster delivery speed and an improvement in content quality.
Thakur said the media has a tremendous ability to shape the right public perceptions and perspectives as an effective empowerment tool.
He said the media has played a vital role in India’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in allaying hesitation about vaccines.
“We have faced many roadblocks. One of the biggest challenges has been the hesitation about vaccines. That was overcome by the media through proper reporting and education,” Thakur said.
He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed citizens on All India Radio programs and television channels to give a clear message about the vaccines.
Thakur said that content authenticity would always remain paramount, regardless of technological advancement.
“We can talk about the right to free flow of information, we also need to talk about the need to disseminate correct information,” he added.
Thakur said India’s soft power was evident at Cannes, where Indian films received huge applause from movie buffs.
He said the Prime Minister had emphasized the preservation and promotion of India’s rich cultural heritage.
“To fulfill that vision, the government has announced the world’s largest film restoration project under the National Film Heritage Mission. As part of this action, more than 2,200 films in various languages and genres will be restored to their former glory,” said Thakur.