“As fourth pillar of democracy, journalists should combine pursuing career with service to the nation, society and people”
“It’s responsibility of mass media to present truth in a logical way, and responsibility of media schools to produce true sentinels of democracy” – Vijay Rupani
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani today called upon the journalists entering the fourth estate or the fourth pillar of democracy to combine their journalistic pursuits with service to the nation, society and people.
Addressing the 10th convocation of National Institute of Mass Communication and Journalism (NIMCJ) here, he said that it is the responsibility of mass media to present true facts in a logical way before the public, and it is the responsibility of the media schools to produce superb sentinels of the society. He said that ballot is more powerful than bullet and it is the ultimate responsibility of this powerful medium to create awareness and keep the public abreast about the developments.
With the proliferation of new newspapers and electronic channels in this age of print, electronic and digital media, he said, it is important for journalists to adopt scientific approach to validate truth.
Quoting Winston Churchill, Mr. Rupani said, “Democracy is bad but alternatives are no better.”
The Chief Minister handed over medals and certificates to the students and administered the oath of commitment towards the journalistic profession.
Torrent Group Chairman Sudhir Mehta described journalism as a creative field and added that creativity has no limits. He advised journalism students to go ahead with new ideas, new ideations
NIMCJ Director Shirish Kashikar gave details about the institutes. Institute Trustee Pradip Jain, Messrs Sunil Mehta, Ashwin Shah and Bharat Patel, among others, were present on the occasion.
Source: Information Department, Gujarat