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Anuradha Sharma Pujari emphasises on positive journalism and unity

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TEZPUR, Nov 5: Anuradha Sharma Pujari, a distinguished journalist and writer, stressed the crucial role of impartial and people-centric journalism while addressing the inaugural session of the newly formed Sonitpur District Journalists’ Forum at the Baliram Lahkar auditorium.

Pujari highlighted the significance of impartiality in journalism, noting that the essence of true journalism lies in its impartial nature and its reach to the people. Emphasising the impact of media content, she advocated for a focus on positive stories, citing the influence of negativity on society. However, she expressed concern over the influence of social media trends affecting the media’s integrity and its grasp on the truth.

Reflecting on the post-covid scenario, Pujari raised issues surrounding vested interests attempting to undermine the credibility of newspapers, mentioning propaganda attempts during the pandemic, which falsely linked newspapers to the spread of the virus. She lamented the intrusion of politics and capitalism in the media, highlighting the competitive divisions among journalists based on TRP and circulation-driven motives.

Pujari urged journalists to maintain a positive outlook and called for unity among them. She expressed hope that the conscientious efforts of journalists would bring about a positive transformation in society.

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The event witnessed speeches from notable figures including Sootea MLA Padma Hazarika, who encouraged journalists to foster a positive work culture among the youth. Tezpur MLA Prithviraj Rabha highlighted the historical significance of journalism in Tezpur and the district. Sonitpur district commissioner Deba Kumar Mishra commended the unity of journalists within the district through the newly formed forum.

Bhargab Das, a senior journalist and former student leader from Mangaldoi, also shared his memories and connections with Tezpur and the district. The morning session began with the hoisting of the flag by Barlin Kumar Saikia, Secretary of Sonitpur Press Club, followed by paying homage to late journalists of the district.

The formation of a new district committee for journalists’ united forum, with Dr Ashwini Deka as the observer, took place in the morning. The open session was presided over by Dr Jyotikamal Hazarika, Principal of Tezpur College.

The event marked a significant beginning for the unity and proactive involvement of journalists within the Sonitpur district.

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