The Tinsukia district administration, in association with DIPR Tinsukia, observed National Press Day-2020 along with the rest of the country to commemorate establishment of Press Council of India on November 16, 1966, in the presence of journalists from across Tinsukia district at the DC's conference hall. A similar programme was also held at Margherita and Sadiya under the aegis of the respective Subdivisional officers (Civil).
Chaired by Diganta Saikia, Deputy Commissioner of Tinsukia, Dr Madan Sarma, eminent educationist, former Dean of Tezpur University and former journalist, was the invited speaker. Delivering on the topic 'Role of media during COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on Media', Dr Sarma stressed ethics of journalism. He was critical about fabricated and biased stories being circulated in social and portal media while questioning the qualification and responsibility of these journalists.
The programme began with a tribute to journalist ParagBhuyan by observing one minute of silence. Earlier, Bhaskar Jyoti Borah, DIPR i/c Tinsukia, presented a brief note on the significance of the day. On this occasion, the Tinsukia Deputy Commissioner was felicitated by Tinsukia District Journalists' Association (TDJA) and APCU. Senior journalist Amalya Khatoniar, Dr Rishi Das, president of TDJA, Robin Moran, president of APCU, also spoke among others.
Reference: The Sentinel