On Thursday, while condoling the death of DD News cameraman Achyutanand Sahu in Naxal attack, Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said that Doordarshan employees are serving the nation just like Army jawans.
Shau died in a Naxal attack on October 30 when he went with DD News team to cover the village that has not voted for 20 years and to cover the development work done by the government in the area.
Rathore said, “There are many media houses, but Doordarshan and DD News are national broadcasters. Just like Army jawans are involved in serving the country, we are also involved in serving the nation. We have to cover a lot of difficult domains through our camera or our pen. You have the responsibility of disseminating news to the entire country”.
Achyuta Nanda Sahu – a hard worker, a passionate employee and a man so committed to his work and his country that he laid down his life in the course of his duty.
— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) November 1, 2018
He said, “He (Sahu) lost his life at a place from where the country’s enemies wished to give a message that they wanted to stop the country from progressing. His family should not feel that they have been left alone”.
“Slowly, people were getting to know about the kind of difficulties journalists faced to bring news to them,” Rathore said.https://t.co/KROk6dcKKa
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Prasar Bharti Chairman A Surya Prakash appreciated the courage, bravery and professionalism of Doordarshan employees and said that it requires guts and professionalism to go and to do thing in difficult situations.
He said, “I know of the courage and bravery of our colleagues in DD news when they are out on various assignments. As a person who has been on the field, we journalists are living on the edge. Whether it was Punjab in the 1980s and later Kashmir or going out on our own assignments, it is always a matter of touch and go”.
He added, “Anything can happen. It requires a great amount of guts and professionalism to be on the spot and go and do that thing”.
Chairman Surya Prakash recalled the difficult situations in which Doordarshan team had worked. He said, “Not only conflict zones, I have seen tsunamis, earthquakes. In Gujarat, many years ago, it was very risky to go and cover stories but reporters go out and want to get the best story out. The courage and professional commitment of our colleagues in Doordarshan are as good as you can get anywhere in the world”.