JAMMU, Jan 24: J&K Regional Branch of Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) today organized the 9th Sat Pal Sahni Memorial Lecture on “Ethics and the Media: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”.
Satya Pal Malik, Governor J&K was the chief guest on the occasion while Prof Amitabh Mattoo, Former Vice Chancellor, University of Jammu delivered the memorial lecture.
While speaking on the occasion, Governor said that democracy is deep rooted in Indian society. Narrating historical examples, he said that Indian society is integrated with democratic principles and that the real power lies in the hands of common man.
Professor Mattoo in his lecture said that freedom of expression, values and institutions are at the core of Indian democracy. He said that historically great leaders expressed their narratives through their own newspapers maintaining highest standards of objectivity, accuracy, accountability and humane approach. Today in the post-truth world, the media is driven by technology where the news flows seamlessly across borders. The democratization and decentralization of news forms of media presents a diabolic situation which presents a great challenge for the future.
Earlier, Dr Ashok Bhan, Patron, IIPA J&K in his welcome address while remembering Sat Pal Sahni said that he had a power to influence the society through his ethical approach.
KB Jandial, Former Member J&K PSC while paying rich tributes to Late Shri Sat Pal Sahni said that he was a the soul of Jammu’s social life. He said that Sahni was a multi-faceted personality with his true love for journalism.
Prof Manoj Dhar, Vice-Chancellor, University of Jammu, Dilbag Singh, DGP, J&K Police and Prem Sahni also graced the occasion.
Dr Anil Gupta, Joint Secretary, IIPA J&K presented the formal vote of thanks. Dr Komal Nagar, Joint Director (Seminars) conducted the proceedings of the function.
The lecture was attended by senior police officers, eminent citizens of State including members of IIPA, media fraternity, faculty and students of University of Jammu, Central University of Jammu and Indian Institute of Mass Communication and civil society.