Journalism becoming violence by words: Shashi Tharoor

People are losing faith in media and media personnel, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor said, adding that media losing its credibility "is not a good trend in democracy."
Inaugurating the sixth edition of Take Media fest organised by the University of Kerala's Department of Communication and Journalism (DCJ) at Kariyavattom on Wednesday, the Congress leader said journalism is now fast turning to be "violence by words."

Assuring the students that journalism is still a serious profession, Tharoor urged them to focus more on research. He added that online media would define the future of journalism.

Senior journalist and secretary of DCJ alumni association Jacob George, who presided over the function, said journalism is powerful enough to survive the threats.


"It is a period for all of us to be vigilant about the challenges faced by the profession," he said. The inaugural session was followed by the screening of a docu-fiction film, 'Raja Ravi Varma', directed by Venu Nair.


Around 100 students from various journalism institutes in the state are attending the three-day fest. A number of competitions will be held as part of the festival.


Senior journalist from Germany Michael Gleich will lead a master class on 'Constructive Journalism' at 2 pm at Botany department seminar hall. Members of the first batch of the department will be honoured at an event to be held at 4.30 pm at the same venue.