Media has extended an important contribution in the Freedom Struggle and many public agitations after that Chief Minister inaugurates the 68th convention of the National Council of IFWJ
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Akhilesh Yadav has called for independence of media at all costs as it was the fourth pillar of democracy and added that it was through the media that people in far flung areas get information and news about different happenings. The Chief Minister was speaking at the Vishveshvariya Hall after inaugurating the two-day 68th Convention of the National Council of the Indian Federation of Working Journalists (IFWJ).
The convention has been organized under the aegis of Uttar Pradesh Shramjeevi Journalist Union. Welcoming the 500 media persons from all over the country and abroad in the land of etiquettes Lucknow, the Chief Minister said that the socialists have always given importance to the freedom of press. Referring to the Ganga-Jamuni culture of Lucknow, Mr. Yadav said people from all castes and creeds have lived here peacefully and have advocated social harmony.
Underlining the important role played by the media, Mr. Yadav said it acted as a bridge between people and the government and at many times it provided vital information related to people’s welfare that the government does not have naturally at many times, though they require immediate government attention and intervention.
Recalling the important role played by the media in the freedom struggle and in many public movements thereafter, the Chief Minister pointed out how even Mahatma Gandhi took over the role of a journalist and wrote articles, edited magazines. The Chief Minister also referred to internet, social, print and electronic and other forms of media and said that these mediums provide mammoth news to the people but the focus should be on news that was relevant and people centric.
On this occasion, Mr. Yadav released Shramjeevi Kalamkar Patrika and said that realizing the tough conditions the media persons work under, treatment has been arranged for them at the SGPGI. He also assured that such a facility would also be soon made available at the Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Integrated Hospital.
At the beginning of the function, journalists of IFWJ from Karnataka, Kerala, Rajasthan, Assam, Jharkhand, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Gujarat, Delhi, Lucknow and Sri Lanka welcomed the Chief Minister.
Before this, chairman of the IFWJ Mr. K. Vikram Rao informed that this was for the first time after July 04, 1988 that such an event was being held at Lucknow in which over 500 journalists from 26 states were participating. A delegation of Sri Lankan journalists is also attending the convention. Mr. Rao said that in the two-day convention, serious issues with regards to the media and people would be deliberated upon.
The function was also addressed by chairman of the organizing committee Mr. Hemant Tiwari, Mr. Haseeb Siddiqui and Mr. Parmanand Pandey.