New Delhi, Jan.6: We have been witnessing cosmic changes in Journalism sector today, be it print, electronic and various mass mediums. However, Media Trials, allegations of corruption have cast a stigma on journalism. Credibility and Authenticity of the news should be accorded prime priority and no compromises should be made when it comes to presentation of the facts to the readers, opined veteran journalists, Pravin Bardapurkar and Ashok Wankhade. They were speaking at the celebration function of ‘Marathi Patrakar Din’ at Maharashtra Information Centre, here today.
‘Marathi Patrakar Din’, is celebrated in Maharashtra on 6th of January every year. It is celebrated in the fond memory of Balashastri Jambhekar, founder of Marathi Journalism. It happens to be the birth date of Shri Jambhekar. To commemorate this day, a function was organized in which veteran journalists Pravin Bardapurkar and Ashok Wankhade paid floral tributes to Balashastri Jambhekar. Journalists from Marathi, English and Hindi graced the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Senior Political Editor of Lomat, Shri Bardapurkar laid emphasis on maintaining and retaining the credibility of the news item. Expressing his regret for absence of credibility in the electronic media, Shri Bardapur voiced his concern for the same and urged for introspection to be done in this regard. Deliberating further, he said that the authentic news content in electronic channels is missing. Societal issues are not given importance, rather, many important issues are sidelined and this creates confusion in the minds of mass audience, he added. Issues like media trials, allegations of corruption and ambitions of media persons are on a high and the true spirit and essence of journalism is missing. Journalism should be a mission; however it has turned to business which is not a healthy indication, he further added.
Speaking on the various phases and facets of journalism, President of Delhi Marathi Patrakar Sangh and Political Analyst, Shri Ashok Wankhade said that, today’s journalism has been witnessing many untoward events. Speaking on untoward incidents which took place past one year, Shri Wankhade said that it is saddening, and exercising restraint on one’s own self is the need of the hour. While performing one’s duties as a journalist, we should bear in mind that we are indebted to the society we live in and we have to repay this debt.
Public Relations Officer, Shri Pravin Takey addressed the inaugural session, Sub-Editor Ritesh Bhuyar compered the function and Information Officer, Ms Amarjyot Kaur Arora presented the vote of thanks.