By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Nov 16: The State-level tiol Press Day organized by the Information and Public Relations Department, Assam, in association with the Jourlists’ Association of Assam, was celebrated in Guwahati today.
Media advisor to the Chief Minister of Assam Hrishikesh Goswami attended the programme as the chief guest. He stated that at a time when the society and country are technology laden there are also instances where children across the country are deprived of elementary education and healthcare. He raised his concerns over the lingering superstitions that lampooned some strata of society and also about the areas where electricity and newspapers cease to reach in the 21st century. He said that the media is like a mirror to the society and it helps solve problems.
Goswami viewed that the Government and the media have a common ambition although they have different roles. He said that the government is very much aware of the challenges and hurdles confronted by jourlists and is taking up measures to improve their situation. “Along with the implementation of the on-going schemes, the government will shortly come up with more avenues for the welfare of the jourlists of the State, he added.
Amar Asom editor Prasanta Rajguru addressed the gathering on ‘Reporting from Conflict Area and Challenges for Media’. He mentioned various conflicts in Assam and other Northeastern States and challenges that jourlists faced.
“Jourlists should always be truthful, objective and sensible while reporting on a conflict area. The jourlist should always try to be vigilant and the probable impact of news should also be taken into account before reporting it. The importance of news with respect to the greater public interest should be alysed,” Rajguru added.
Former Dainik Asam Dhirendra th Chakravarty was the guest of honour on the occasion. He spoke on the history of jourlism in Assam.
Six prominent jourlists of the State – Prafulla Rajguru of Jorhat, Jyotilal Choudhury from Silchar, Dilip Chakrabarty of Dhubri, Himen Bhattacharya of Tinsukia, Manindra Das of Barpeta and Ron Duarah of Dibrugarh were felicitated in the programme.
Madhurima Baruah Sen, Secretary, Information and Public Relations Department; Additiol Secretary Rajib Prakash Baruah and a host of other dignitaries were also present on the occasion.