Journalism Awards for Excellence - 2006 (Organised by
the Editors’ Guild and the Sri Lanka Press Institute):
Journalists must lead public on correct path - Dr. D. B. Nihalsinghe
COLOMBO:Journalists must lead the public on the correct path by
contributing factual news, Dr. D. B. Nihalsinghe said.
Speaking at the journalism awards ceremony at the BMICH organised by
the Editors' Guild of Sri Lanka jointly with the Sri Lanka Press
Institute Dr. Nihalsinghe said journalists have a major responsibility.
"A huge and aggressive competition prevails among institutions and
people for power and position", he said.
Nihalsinghe said he closely observed the life of journalists before
he entering into journalism as a newsreel cameraman in Associated
British Pathe and United Press International.
He said as we celebrate excellence, it would be appropriate to
reflect the values that the excellence is obliged to uphold. The role of
journalist is to simply record and report events.
What is the truth? The famed film Director Akiaro Kurasowa in his
classic Rashomon said truth lies in the eye of the narrator, there is no
intrinsic truth as such.
Journalists have restrictions on presentation they can not present
whatever they view or desire, he added.
Journalists also have a responsibility in identifying and classifying
factual news items. They also have the responsibility to help in
eradicating corruption and bribery.
Generally excellence of the profession prevails whether awards are
won or not.
Dedication enables the profession to deal with challenges and
Excellence has a direct link to resolution of the challenges faced by
journalists today, he said.
He said it is only through a continued pursuit of excellence the
profession can celebrate their role and make a meaningful contribution
to the future direction of the country.