Begin typing your search above and press return to search.

Pabindranath, Kunjabala Awards presented

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Oct 9 � Nandita Datta of Aajker Fariad, Agartala, and Nishith Kumar Das of Dainik Janasadharan, Guwahati, were today formally honoured with the Kunjabala Devi Memorial Award for Investigative Journalism on Women Issues and the Pabindranath Sarma Memorial Award for Investigative Journalism on Human Rights and civil liberties respectively.

Justice DN Choudhury, former judge of the Gauhati High Court and Anuradha Sarma Pujari, author and journalist, presented the awards to the duo at a function at the Bishnu-Nirmala Trust auditorium.

Addressing the gathering, Justice Choudhury who was the chief guest on the occasion, termed the media as the driving force behind democracy but cautioned it against sacrificing journalistic ethics at the altar of tempting commercial considerations.

�Free Press has a crucial role in that it can keep democracy going. However, the media needs to be on guard against dominating commercial considerations. Journalism is not commerce, and self regulation on the part of the media would be the best way,� Justice Choudhury said.

Sarma Pujari, in her address as guest of honour, expressed grave concern over what she said was �vanishing media ethics�, and called upon the different stakeholders in the media profession and the industry to check the disquieting trend.

�Journalism in the State has entered a critical juncture which entails even a greater responsibility and strict adherence to journalistic ethics on the part of the media,� Pujari said.

Pujari said that the media was attaching too much importance to non-issues and trivia in the rat race for commercial gains and TRP ratings but the phenomenon was doing serious damage to society as a whole. �Journalism needs to be people-centric in order to be an effective tool for bringing about positive changes which ought to be its real intent,� she added.

Pujari urged the upcoming journalists to do more homework and be knowledgeable on issues concerning local art, culture, literature and heritage. She also underscored the need to groom more woman journalists to make the profession more representative.

Radhika Mohan Bhagawati, Editor of Dainik Asom, presided over the function. In his address, he stressed the importance of human rights and woman-related issues in nation building.

The award-winning duo, Nandita Datta and Nishith Kumar Das also addressed the function.

Assam Tribune Executive Editor PJ Baruah conducted the proceedings at the function, while Isahani Sarma offered the vote of thanks.

Next Story
Similar Posts
Pabindranath, Kunjabala Awards presented

GUWAHATI, Oct 9 � Nandita Datta of Aajker Fariad, Agartala, and Nishith Kumar Das of Dainik Janasadharan, Guwahati, were today formally honoured with the Kunjabala Devi Memorial Award for Investigative Journalism on Women Issues and the Pabindranath Sarma Memorial Award for Investigative Journalism on Human Rights and civil liberties respectively.

Justice DN Choudhury, former judge of the Gauhati High Court and Anuradha Sarma Pujari, author and journalist, presented the awards to the duo at a function at the Bishnu-Nirmala Trust auditorium.

Addressing the gathering, Justice Choudhury who was the chief guest on the occasion, termed the media as the driving force behind democracy but cautioned it against sacrificing journalistic ethics at the altar of tempting commercial considerations.

�Free Press has a crucial role in that it can keep democracy going. However, the media needs to be on guard against dominating commercial considerations. Journalism is not commerce, and self regulation on the part of the media would be the best way,� Justice Choudhury said.

Sarma Pujari, in her address as guest of honour, expressed grave concern over what she said was �vanishing media ethics�, and called upon the different stakeholders in the media profession and the industry to check the disquieting trend.

�Journalism in the State has entered a critical juncture which entails even a greater responsibility and strict adherence to journalistic ethics on the part of the media,� Pujari said.

Pujari said that the media was attaching too much importance to non-issues and trivia in the rat race for commercial gains and TRP ratings but the phenomenon was doing serious damage to society as a whole. �Journalism needs to be people-centric in order to be an effective tool for bringing about positive changes which ought to be its real intent,� she added.

Pujari urged the upcoming journalists to do more homework and be knowledgeable on issues concerning local art, culture, literature and heritage. She also underscored the need to groom more woman journalists to make the profession more representative.

Radhika Mohan Bhagawati, Editor of Dainik Asom, presided over the function. In his address, he stressed the importance of human rights and woman-related issues in nation building.

The award-winning duo, Nandita Datta and Nishith Kumar Das also addressed the function.

Assam Tribune Executive Editor PJ Baruah conducted the proceedings at the function, while Isahani Sarma offered the vote of thanks.