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Criticism from a government is a badge of honor- Rajkamal Jha, Editor, Indian Express

Published Date: November 4, 2016

राजधानी दिल्ली में 2 नवम्बर को रामनाथ गोयनका अवार्ड दिया गया। सबसे पहले सभी अवार्ड पाने वाले पत्रकारों को बधाई। इस अवसर पर प्रधानमंत्री का भाषण हुआ और आख़िर में धन्यवाद भाषण देते वक्त इंडियन एक्सप्रेस के मुख्य संपादक राजकमल झा ने प्रधानमंत्री के सामने दो शब्द कहे। राजकमल झा के विचारणीय जवाब को आप नीचे वीडियो में भी सुन सकते हैं। वीडियो देखेंगे तो कई क्षण दुर्लभ हैं। जब राजकमल झा अपनी बात रख रहे थे, तो प्रधानमंत्री की बॉडीलैंग्वेज बहुत कुछ कह रही थी।

Important highlights of the speech by Rajkamal Jha, chief editor of Indian Express :-

1. We hope that good journalism should be defined by the work we celebrate this evening, done by reporters who report and by editors who edit and not by the selfie journalists we see a lot these days who are always obsessed by what they think, by their face, by their views who keep the camera turned towards them, the only thing that matters to them is their voice and their face.

2. In this selfie journalism if you don’t have the facts, it doesn’t matter. You just put a flag in the frame and you hide behind it.

3. You may not find it in Wikipedia but Shri Ramnath Goenka and its a fact and I can say that as the editor of the Indian Express, he did sack a journalist when he heard that the CM of a state told him that – aapka reporter bahot accha kaam kar raha hai.

4. Criticism is very very important especially in this age, and I turn 50 this year and I can say that when we have a generation of journalists who are growing up in an age of ‘retweets’ and ‘likes’ and they do not know that criticism from a government is a badge of honor.

5. Good journalism is not dying, it is getting better and bigger. Its just bad journalism makes lot more noise than it used to do 5 years ago.


Video Courtesy – IndianExpressOnline YouTube Channel