CUK’s DCJ observes World Press Freedom Day

Ganderbal: Department of Convergent Journalism (DCJ), Central University of Kashmir (CUK) observed the “World Press Freedom Day” by organising a lecture on “New Media and Standalone Journalism,” by Prof. Dev Vrat Singh, former Head & Dean, Deptt of Mass Communication, School of Mass Communication and Media Technologies, Central University of Jharkhand.
Addressing the participants comprising the faculty members and the students, Prof. Dev Vrat Singh, said, the occasion emphasizes the importance of unrestricted journalism and advocates for the fundamental right of freedom of speech. He said the day serves as a reminder of the critical role that journalists play in holding the powerful accountable and ensuring that the masses have access to impartial information. In his presentation, the speaker discussed changes in journalism in the light of Information Technology and highlighted the significant role played by the social media platforms including Facebook, twitter, Instagram and YouTube in highlighting the public issues instantly. He, however maintained, that the news groups on the social media platforms should necessarily get the official version, before uploading the news content.
“There have been several instances wherein the credibility of the social media news groups has taken a hit as they failed to follow the ethics and principles of journalism in letter and spirit,” he said. After the address, the speaker also interacted with the faculty and staff.
Speaking on the occasion, Dean Academic Affairs and Dean School of Media Studies, Prof. Shahid Rasool, described media as an important pillar of democracy and said the day is being observed to emphasise the value of press freedom and the difficulties faced by journalists in their work. “The purpose of the Day is to raise awareness about press freedom, the necessity of defending journalists’ rights, and the need to support independent, free media,” he said. He further added that the freedom of speech should not be misused by anyone for their vested interests.
Head DCJ, Dr. Arif Nazir Zargar, who conducted the proceedings, said, World Press Freedom Day serves as a reminder of the significance of the right to freedom of speech, which is a basic human right recognised in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. He said the theme for the year 2023 is “Shaping a Future of Rights: Freedom of Expression as a Driver for all other human rights.” Sr Asst Prof. Dr John Babu Koyye, proposed the vote of thanks.

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