GUWAHATI, Sept 5 - Educationist Prof Srinath Barua today urged the media outlets of Assam to use accurate Assamese words and correct sentences in various items, which are made available to the reader-audience-viewers.
Interacting with the scribes at Guwahati Press Club, Prof Barua also emphasized maintaining the beauty of the Assamese language at any cost for the future generation.
Attending the first �Prangon � the EMFA�s courtyard� programme organized by the Electronic Media Forum Assam (EMFA), the former Vice Chancellor of the Krishna Kanta Handiqui State Open University (KKHSOU) also highlighted many wrong words, often used in the media that might confuse the audience.
Prof Barua also observed that many news channels have been using the �Breaking� or �Big Breaking� category for wrong news. Moreover, repeated use of unhealthy visuals by most of the news channels was also pointed out by him as a disturbing phenomenon.
Prof Barua asserted that some news channels have laid emphasis more on entertaining rather than educating the viewers. Nonetheless, he appreciated the role played by the Assam-based news channels in the time of crisis.
Prof Barua, while highlighting many ethical guidelines for the television reporters from his personal points of view, also emphasised self-regulation to be adopted by the news channels. He expressed the optimism that the visual media would engage more energy on investigative journalism.
He also advocated more space to various Northeast-related issues in Guwahati-based news channels and urged the media outlets to highlight international affairs, too, for the benefit of the viewers.
Prof Baruah also appealed to the news channels to run at last one English news bulletin daily to cater to the need of non-Assamese viewers in the region.