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Journalists celebrate 238th anniversary of India's first newspaper

IANS  |  Agra 

Journalists and social activists in the city celebrated Hicky's Day paying tributes to the fighter-journalist who launched India's first newspaper, the Bengal Gazette, on January 29, 1780.

Recalling the contribution of Hicky, the founder of journalism in India, speakers at a seminar on late Sunday evening said, the media's direction and policy frame were set by him as reflected in his 'anti-establishment writings'.

The theme of the seminar was "emerging as a challenge to "

Speakers noted that had "democratised the once monopoly controlled Indian media".

The audience now could hit back, react, produce, distribute and influence public opinion directly through available digital platforms which were affordable, accessible and effective, said.

Hemant Anand, of the popular afternoon daily DLA, said, "the was still evolving and projecting its distinct identity, but rather than being a threat or a rival, the was being supplemented or complemented by it."

Digital interactivity is the chief hallmark of the social media propped up by the technology of convergence, social media activist said.

With bandwidth restrictions now liberalised, the reach and access had widened. "Capitalist control over the did not matter any longer," Prof observed.



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First Published: Mon, January 29 2018. 17:28 IST