The Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has condoled the passing way of Malayala Manorama Chief Editor, K.M.Mathew. In a message to his son Mammen Mathew the Prime Minister noted Shri K.M.Mathew’s commitment to the cause of excellence in journalism and his contributions to promoting the freedom of the press. Following is the text of Prime Minister’s message :
“I was deeply grieved to learn of the sad demise of your father Shri Kandathil Mammen Mathew. Shri K.M.Mathew was a leading light of the Indian press fraternity and played a key role in making Malayala Manorama one of the major dailies in the country after he became its Chief Editor in 1973. For his commitment to the cause of excellence in journalism and for his contributions to promoting the freedom of the press, he was honoured with the Padma Bhushan. He had distinguished tenures as Chairman of the Press Trust of India, President of the Newspaper Society of India, and as member of the Press Council of India. In his death the country, particularly the state of Kerala, has lost a true champion of the highest traditions of Indian journalism.
On this sad occasion I convey my heartfelt condolences to you and other members of the bereaved family and to his numerous friends, associates and admirers. I pray for peace of the departed soul.”