Hon'ble Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla inaugurated the orientation program of IIMC’s 2021-2022 batch On 25th October. He perceived students to be positive, sensitive, and responsive journalists, also mentioned that the media should reach the last person of the Country. This Orientation program is for five days started on 25th October and will continue till 29 October. Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur, Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan, Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh Narayan Singh, Padma Shri awardee Folk singer Malini Awasthi, and Director General of Doordarshan Mayank Agarwal, and much more prominent specialists are guiding the students, rest are going to guide in this five days program.
Free and unbiased media empowers Democracy: Om Birla
Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) organized an orientation program for the fresh students of post-graduation (2021-2022 academic session) in various courses of journalism. Yesterday Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla inaugurated the session through virtual mode. While addressing the session, Om Birla described journalists as the "conscience keepers" of society. He emphasized that media should be responsible, responsive, and reachable to serve the nation.
"The media plays a big role in awakening the social consciousness. Media fixes the accountability of the government and political parties and facilitates bilateral dialogue between governance, administration, and the people. Today the scope of journalism is increasing. The reach of the media to the people has increased, but with this, the responsibility of journalists has also increased. It is the responsibility of a journalist to be fearless and outspoken," he added. He also mentioned that the accountability of Social Media must be fixed as well as how Social media plays its role during the Covid-19 pandemic era. He also invited all the trainee journalists of IIMC to watch the proceedings of the Parliament.
Credibility and respect do not come free: Arif Mohammed Khan
While addressing the students at the IIMC orientation program, Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan said," it is the Journalist's responsibility to ensure that any potential harm is minimized. It's not necessary to publish the facts that could damage anyone, especially women and children". He also described media as the voice of the voiceless. He mentioned that credibility and respect do not come free but by sustaining adherence to ethical and moral standards in newsgathering.