Digital Media Journalists’ Meet

Pioneering Step towards Self-regulation

Adv. Firdos Mirza addresses the inaugural session

In a pioneering step forward in the direction of self-regulation more than 50 digital media journalists from Chandrapur and Gadchiroli districts came together through a two-day convention organised jointly Digital Media Association and Digital Media Publishers and News Portal Grievances Council of India.

Senior Advocate Firdos Mirza, well known lawyer and  President of Digital Media Publishers and News Portal Grievances Council of India (DMPNPGCI) presided over the inaugural function.

In his speech speech Adv. Mirza traced the history of journalism in India said that news should not only provide raw information but impart knowledge. He said that digital media is the outcome of people’s hunger for instant information on wide range of issues, but journalists have to ensure the veracity of their sources while meeting the demands of the consumers. He shared his experience regarding cases where journalists had to face cases of defamation or extortion. He advised that if there is a genuine mistake then there is no harm is issuing honest apology, but if a journalist is unnecessarily harassed then bodies like Digital Media Publishers and News Portal Grievances Council of India  provides a platform for arbitration.

Rammohan Khanapurkar, a media lecturer from Mumbai University and education expert who is presently doing Ph.D from University of Birmingham, UK shared his experiences about media in England and some insights into the contemporary socio-political situation in that country.

Participants in the Covention

The two-day residential convention was organized at Elgar Pratishthan campus at Chitegaon in Mul taluka on 19 and 20 November.

Adv. Anand Deshpande, Adv. Farhat Baig, Dr. Kalyan Kumar, lawyers of the Nagpur High Court, Adv. Paromita Goswami, social worker, Jitendra Chordiya, President of Digital Media Association, Rohidas Raut, senior journalist were prominently present on the occasion.

Mr. Jitendra Chordiya made an introductory speech and gave the details of the convention. In the sessions that followed many experts on digital media and journalism guided the participants on variety of subjects. This included Mr. Deonath Gandate, digital media expert, Anand Ambekar, senior journalist, Adv. Farhat Baig, senior lawyer, Ashish Ambade of Z 14  Taas and Amit Welhekar of ETV.