Hyderabad: The Indian Journalists Union (IJU) deeply mourned the death of veteran journalist and editor, Ajit Battacharjea, who passed away on Monday.
The IJU Secretary General, Mr K Srinivas Reddy, in a press statement issued here on Tuesday, said that with the demise of Ajit Battacharjea (86), the journalist community in the country lost not only a journalist and an editor par excellence, but also a journalist teacher and defender of freedom of press.
“During his eventful career spanning over more than 60 years, Ajit Battacharjea became a role model for several generations of budding journalists. As the Director of Press Institute of India (PII), he trained thousands of young working journalists in the nuances of journalism”, he recalled.
He said that many of the journalists were benefited by Ajit Battacharjea’s lectures in the classes conduced by Andhra Pradesh Union of Working Journalists(APUWJ) in Press Institute of India in early eighties in Hyderabad. Mr Battacharjea was in the forefront of the campaign for “Right to Information’ and instrumental in shaping the present Right to Information Act, as the Editor of Transparancy Review, a journal brought out by the Centre for Media Studies, he added.
Describing Ajit Battacharjea as an ardent defender of freedom of the press, the IJU leader said that he threw away his job of Resident Editor of Times of India and become the Editor of Everymen’s, a weekly founded by Jayaprakash Narayana to fight for the free press. Later, he was in the forefront of journalists’ struggle whenever there was transgression on the freedom of the press, be it Bihar Press Bill or Defamation Bill, he said. (NSS)