Reuters episode – a lesson for Jagan government
Reuters episode – a lesson for Jagan government After having damaged the image of AP government headed by chief minister Jaganmohan Reddy with a story on Kia Motors shifting its base from the State to Tamil Nadu, the international news agency, Reuters, had come up with some positive story. The new story talks great about Jaganmohan Reddy government’s plans of having three capitals. The three capitals are aimed at decentralization of administration and the development as well. The news agency, Reuters, tried to give some positive tone to the government from the view of the city planners and urbanization in the modern ear.
It talked about the migration and concentration of population around the cities and the increasing problems, including congestion and environmental issues. While the modern cities are packed with the people leading to several hardships, the new article by the Reuters talks about the need to decentralize development, the model of Jaganmohan Reddy in planning three capitals for the state. It was a good attempt by the Jaganmohan Reddy government in damage control management, to get Reuters publish a positive story on the government initiative. From the Kia story, which damaged the image of Jaganmohan Reddy leadership to the three capitals story that acknowledges the need for decentralization, the Reuters had taken or was forced to take a relook or a fresh look at the government from the positive side.
This relook or fresh look by the media is what is required for this government as majority media in the state is against Jaganmohan Reddy. When the local media is politically-motivated against him, the chief minister should give a fresh look to the national media to present facts about the government and its plans, if not a positive drum-beating reporting. Jaganmohan Reddy is far behind in media management when compared to his predecessor Chandrababu Naidu. If Jaganmohan Reddy is unwilling to subscribe to the media management of Naidu’s style, he could at least be available to the media. His government should open its doors to the media to ascertain facts and present them for the people.
As the local media is not in his favour and has an agenda to damage his image, Jaganmohan Reddy should reach out to the national media with his plans and facts, which had been missing for all these months. The Reuters episode thus is a lesson for the Jaganmohan Reddy government to protect its image and the image of the state as well. If Jaganmohan Reddy and his government are not available to the media, the media will take advantage of the availability of Chandrababu Naidu.