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Journalists are to be courageous for the interest taking forward the society on right direction.
Journalists belong to the conscious section of the society.Society's every issues are reflected by their mighty pen. Presently,the freedom of the journalists is tarnished. Of course, journalists are to be firm in their ideology, truth-based and impartial. But the most tragic thing is that journalist Late. Kamala Saikia had to sacrifice his life only for giving priority to truth.

"It is an extreme attack upon the democracy” It was an observation made by Professor Dr.Pranjit Hazarika while delivering speech on the occasion of journalist late Kamala Saikia commemoration programme organized today here at the office of the Sonitpur Journalist union on the occasion of  22nd death anniversary of the martyr journalist. 

In his long discourse, the notedacademician further said that on this day of 1991 late Kamala Saikiahad to embrace an un-time death in unidentified miscreant’s attack forspeaking the truth. He had to die only for presenting truth-basedreport in the news paper. On the contrary, those who wanted to showtheir heroism by killing courageous journalist like Kamala Saikia had proved to be coward only. 

During the last twenty years altogether 230 journalists have been killed and out of these 22 are from this region.One  senior woman Journalist was attacked last year at Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh but police unable to nabbed the culprit till today.“Journalism is a flowing river, of course presently, a section is seenbecoming dishonest abusing their power, and in this regard journalistsare to be aware” he maintained. 

Another speaker, noted playwright,social worker Asarya Kakoti said that honesty, courage andimpartiality should be reflected in the character of a journalist.Journalism is a graceful chariot. Fear of death cannot keep itstagnant. Cowards only attack the journalist.The occasion was started with lighting of lamp before the portrait ofthe late Kamala Saikia by noted writer Mrinali Setia. She also spokeon the life and sacrifice of the martyr journalist. 

The day long programme was conducted by working president of SJU, Sanjib Hazarikaand subsequently, Secretary SJU, Manuj Kumar Saikia explained the purpose of the function. In the programme, two artistes, Tarun Saikia and Pramud Bora were felicitated for their contribution towards thecultural field. Among others the occasion was attended by notedjournalist Manik Bora.

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