Noida: The most exclusive festival, first of its kind in Asia and second in the World saw the grand opening of its 8th edition at Noida Film City hosted by Marwah Studios.
The colorful flags of different nations were quite inviting and speaking about the international presence at the festival. In total 56 countries have been part of this festival where as delegates from all the 28 states and 9 union territories were present in the festival.
“ICMEI- International Chamber of Media And Entertainment Industry-and International Journalism Centre together with AAFT University have designed this festival to mark respect to the decision of having International Day of Journalism on 12th February which was declared nine years back by our association,” said Sandeep Marwah President of Marwah Studios and Global Festival of Journalism.
“Media creates perception, time has come when all mediums of media keep in mind the unity and integrity of the nation should not be at stake when they write or speak and show any coverage. Country is definitely bigger than profession,” said Tirath Singh Rawat Member Parliament Lok Sabha and Secretary BJP.
“I appreciate the bye line given to this festival-Love Peace And Unity Through Art And Culture. Positive journalism can bring new ife to the relations,” said H.E. Dr. Marjan Cencen, Ambassador of Slovenia to India.
“Do your research well before you write a piece for press. Your deep research can bring correct information to the reader. People still believe blindly what all has been printed or shown on television. You have a great responsibility towards reader and viewer,” said H.E. Radu Octavian Dobre, one time journalist and now Ambassador of Romania to India.
“A media person must aware of his duties and responsibilities. More than that he should also be attentive towards media laws. His coverage can provoke and can depress the masses. A balanced and researched news or article for any medium is always useful,” said H.E. Mr. Michael Aaron N. N. Oquaye, lawyer and High Commissioner Republic of Ghana to India.
“What a unique festival, never ever heard like this in any other country. Journalist should remember that mediums are for three major reasons Information, Education and Entertainment as per Press council of India. Always keep a balance between the three,” said K L Ganju, Honorary Consul General & Advisor to the Foreign Minister, Consulate of Union of Comoros
“Tremendous changes can be brought with the help of media. Positive journalism can bring prosperity in every field be it a government or private sector,” said HE Carlos Polo, Ambassador of Peru to India
H.E. Muhamed Cengic, Ambassador of Bosnia & Herzegovina to India., Ashok Tandon Senior Journalist & Member Prasar Bharti, Mophethe Sekamane Counsellor High Commission of Kingdom of Lesotho, Narayanan Madhavan renowned Journalist & Writer, Komal Nahta, Film Critic & Journalist from Mumbai also expressed their views in detail.
A poster was launched to mark respect to 12th February as International Day of Journalism. Earlier the dignitaries inaugurated an exhibition of photographs. Later Dr. Sandeep Marwah presented all the Luminaries with life membership of International Journalism Centre and memento of the festival as souvenir. Albeena Abbas Director Department of Journalism conducted the program.