Kolkata: Tripura Governor Tathagata Roy has called upon the media to be aware about the “lakshmanrekha” between truth and views.
The sacrosanct rule of journalism is to abide by the laid down principles of reporting and be aware about the ‘lakshmanrekha' between truth and views, the senior BJP leader said at a journalism award function here last night. Hinting at his position after taking on the gubernatorial responsibility, Roy said he has now installed several locks and keys in his mouth.
Roy, who was speaking after having bestowed the best lifetime reporter honour on a veteran journalist, said his long stint in politics had enabled him to interact with many media persons and in the give-and-take he had been enriched more than them.
Referring to the New York Times motto that ‘all that is news is fit to print', Roy said neither should a fact and quote be distorted nor any incident left uncovered especially if it concerns public interest largely.
Tapan Mohanta from PTI got the best sports reporter trophy in the ‘Sixth Journalism Award', encompassing different categories in the Bengal media (both English and vernacular) while the coveted ‘Hall of Fame' honour went to veteran sports journalist Debashis Dutta of Aajkal.
Three other journalists of the news agency, two of them photographers, were also nominated to the final round comprising five finalists.
The lifetime honour went to Uday Banerjee.