Dibrugarh, November 17: On the occasion of National Press Day (November 16), the Centre for Studies in Journalism and Mass Communication (CSJMC), Dibrugarh University organized an interactive session at Sri Sri Aniruddhadeva Bhavan.
Executive Editor of The Assam Tribune Prashanta Jyoti Baruah was the invited guest, who delivered a lecture on “Freedom of Press in present media context”. The session was chaired by Nava Kumar Handique, Dean of Humanities, Social Science and Law, Dibrugarh University.
PJ Baruah started his speech with the reminiscence of his days as a student in Dibrugarh University.He motivated the students by speaking about his adventurous experiences and days of self introspection.
He also spoke of how journalism is the fourth pillar of democracy, yet there is no security for
journalists. “The International Federation of Journalists has stated that at least 2,297 journalists
have been subjected to violence since 1990” he said, adding that a journalist is being killed every
five days, but there is no trial regarding the same.
He advised the students to incorporate “good human values” and zero prejudices, which is very important especially in the field of journalism where they “work with people”. He then spoke on how reading novels changed his life and brought him in the position of being called a journalist.
“The journalistic traditions in our country are strong enough to face the challenges and to
overcome them, and to lead people and guide the people in the path of social justice”, he said
taking a stand.
On this note, PJ Baruah concluded his speech saying that when one window closes, another opens.
The event was also graced by the presence of Dr Satyakam Borthakur, Chairperson of CSJMC
and other faculty members of the Centre as well as University.