GUWAHATI, Jan 22 � �A revolution cannot be manufactured� media is responsible for all information and are the instruments of change. It is ever powerful and hence has to be the conscience keeper. It is the media which has to call a spade a spade.�
Arnab Goswami, editor-in-chief, Times Now news channel, while interacting with the students of Royal Group of Institutions on �Changing face of Indian journalism��on Saturday, said that the greatest deterrent was the silence of the majority on any issue concerning �others� and one should not take it as a norm.
�As GenNext awakens, they have to be ambitious about all things around and be the conscience keeper of the country. Journalism can never be silent, it has to speak immediately. One has to take a stand and speak out against the wrong. We as conscious citizens have to put the fear of God in criminals,� he said.
Goswami also inaugurated D�Royal Conferencia, a conference hall, in the institute.
Dwelling on the transformation of journalism in India ��the world�s largest democracy and one of its fastest growing economies ��Goswami said that the developments had implications for journalism around the world.
�With approaching 100 round-the-clock news channels ��unrivalled in any other country ��India boasts of the world�s most linguistically diverse news landscape. This offers exciting opportunities, as well as challenges to professional journalists and scholars of international journalism,� he said.
Goswami said that journalists were finding new ways to communicate with a demanding and fragmenting audience, including a young and vocal middle-class diaspora. International media conglomerates � from financial to sport journalism to entertainment news � are extending and embedding their operations into what is one of the world�s biggest news bazaars, he added.