According to the Chief Minister of Goa Dr. Pramod Sawant, false and erroneous reporting on Environment and Tourism affects the state Government and the Goans as well. Cm was addressing the media reporters on the occasion of National Press Day in Panaji.
Erroneous reporting on tourism, business, and environment-related issues impacts governance and the state’s prospects, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said on Monday.
“When you write about the environment or tourism, write the true facts, because your reports go across the country and world. If we err in writing about tourism, it impacts the government, the people, and the state. So is the case with business and environment (sectors),” Sawant said at a function organized on the occasion of National Press Day in Panaji.
The Chief Minister also said that journalists could write about political news in the manner they believe fit, but when it comes to tourism, he urged for special care about vetting facts “because Goa is the tourism capital of India”.
“When you write, keep Goa’s image in mind… write me an email, when you think my government is committing errors. I listen to everybody,” Sawant said.
Sawant’s message to journalists in Goa comes at a time when his government is getting the flak over three central government projects in and around the protected forests at Mollem village in South Goa vis-a-vis environmental degradation in order to allegedly facilitate the movement of coal through the state.
(With the Inputs from IANS)