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Glorious role of Assam�s Press highlighted

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, March 25 - The glorious role of Assam�s Press spreading over 120 years was highlighted by several speakers at the 12th triennial session of the Journalists� Association of Assam (JAA) held at the Sankaradeva Kalakshetra today. Inaugurating the conference, the Chief Information Commissioner of Assam, HS Das dwelt at length on how over the years journalism in the world had assumed the present gigantic proportion from a humble beginning in the 18th century.

Das also called upon journalists to discharge their duties responsibly and efficiently with sincerity of purpose and honesty in order to fight the anti-social and corrupt forces hostile to the welfare of the people.

Veteran journalist Kanak Sen Deka, while releasing the special publication of the association JAA Barta, stressed the need for journalists to stand as ever vigilant guards of democracy against the exploitation and deception perpetrated by powers that be.

Dr Govinda Prasad Sarma, who was presented the Jatindranath Bargohain memorial award for literary criticism, while replying to his felicitation, emphasized on the need for serious and constructive journalism in which socially committed journalists with their vision and correct thinking would guide the community to take correct decisions in difficult situations.

Prasanta Rajguru, Editor of Amar Asam, while addressing the meeting as special guest, dwelt at length on how modern technology had opened up new avenues for journalists to carry the correct information about wars, conflicts and various disastrous situations faced by mankind in the present era. Rajguru cautioned journalists against falling easy prey to the cunning manoeuvres of the gigantic corporate houses who had been taking over the helm of affairs of the media throughout the world.

Pradip Baruah, Editor, Prantik, was felicitated for his distinguished service in the field of modern journalism in Assam. In his speech, he called upon the young journalists not to lose sight of the sufferings and difficulties of the common masses and urged them to uphold the cause of truth and justice.

Senior journalist DN Chakravartty, who presided over the meeting, said that at a time when divisive and anti-national forces were raising their ugly heads to jeopardize national sovereignty, it was the sacred and solemn duty of journalists to enlighten and inspire the nation to foil all conspiracies coming from dark corners.

Earlier, secretary of JAA Bhupen Goswami, in his report, mentioned that during the last two years the association had been able to expand its activities to cover all the districts of the State, enlisting the cooperation of over 400 journalists.

Anil Baruah, former Editor of Dainik Asam who could not attend the felicitation due to indisposition, will be felicitated at his residence by the JAA office-bearers.

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Glorious role of Assam�s Press highlighted

GUWAHATI, March 25 - The glorious role of Assam�s Press spreading over 120 years was highlighted by several speakers at the 12th triennial session of the Journalists� Association of Assam (JAA) held at the Sankaradeva Kalakshetra today. Inaugurating the conference, the Chief Information Commissioner of Assam, HS Das dwelt at length on how over the years journalism in the world had assumed the present gigantic proportion from a humble beginning in the 18th century.

Das also called upon journalists to discharge their duties responsibly and efficiently with sincerity of purpose and honesty in order to fight the anti-social and corrupt forces hostile to the welfare of the people.

Veteran journalist Kanak Sen Deka, while releasing the special publication of the association JAA Barta, stressed the need for journalists to stand as ever vigilant guards of democracy against the exploitation and deception perpetrated by powers that be.

Dr Govinda Prasad Sarma, who was presented the Jatindranath Bargohain memorial award for literary criticism, while replying to his felicitation, emphasized on the need for serious and constructive journalism in which socially committed journalists with their vision and correct thinking would guide the community to take correct decisions in difficult situations.

Prasanta Rajguru, Editor of Amar Asam, while addressing the meeting as special guest, dwelt at length on how modern technology had opened up new avenues for journalists to carry the correct information about wars, conflicts and various disastrous situations faced by mankind in the present era. Rajguru cautioned journalists against falling easy prey to the cunning manoeuvres of the gigantic corporate houses who had been taking over the helm of affairs of the media throughout the world.

Pradip Baruah, Editor, Prantik, was felicitated for his distinguished service in the field of modern journalism in Assam. In his speech, he called upon the young journalists not to lose sight of the sufferings and difficulties of the common masses and urged them to uphold the cause of truth and justice.

Senior journalist DN Chakravartty, who presided over the meeting, said that at a time when divisive and anti-national forces were raising their ugly heads to jeopardize national sovereignty, it was the sacred and solemn duty of journalists to enlighten and inspire the nation to foil all conspiracies coming from dark corners.

Earlier, secretary of JAA Bhupen Goswami, in his report, mentioned that during the last two years the association had been able to expand its activities to cover all the districts of the State, enlisting the cooperation of over 400 journalists.

Anil Baruah, former Editor of Dainik Asam who could not attend the felicitation due to indisposition, will be felicitated at his residence by the JAA office-bearers.