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The real strength of the fourth pillar of democracy lies in the credibility and character of the journalists. When the media provides authentic and unbiased news, it contributes to the nation building, said Vijay Phanshikar, the editor of ‘The Hitavada’.

Phanshikar was addressing the students of the Department of Mass Communication, RTM Nagpur University at an event organised to mark the National Press Day. Speaking on the theme “The role of Media in Nation Building”, Phanshikar said, the condition of countries which lack a free media shows its significance in the well-being of a nation. Particularly in democratic nations, media plays the role of a platform of public sentiments.

Like the servicemen, journalists should perform their duty with a passion of nation-building and public interest; not just to earn a living. The last citizen of the society being satisfied is a trait of a healthy society. Media contributes as a catalyst in the creation of such a society when journalist keeps himself in the place of this last man. Phanshikar stated his mantras of constructive journalism as “Write unbiased truth prudently without hesitation. Respect all and don’t pry into personal matters. Do not publish when facts are in doubt. Feel the pain or joy of people you write about.”

The Head of the Department, Dr Moiz Mannan Haque, said that National Press Day reminds journalists about how they need to perceive society and the significance of the impact they have on it. Speaking truth to the power in the public interest is expected from journalists, he said.

Manish Tembhare presented a poem on the ideals of journalism. Sonu Sharma conducted the programme and Priya Jais presented a vote of thanks. The event was coordinated by faculty member Shruti Ingole.

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