New Delhi January 12, 2020:- Shri Asim Kumat Mitra, an editor who stood by his moral values and principles and never sacrificed those for gain, his demise has caused vacuum not only in the journalists’ fraternity but all those who stood for ethical and upright media.
Shri Asim Kumar Mitra passed away on January 12, 2020 at Kolkatta. He was 82. He was suffering from brain injury and was hospitalized for last few days.
Born on November 13, 1938 Asim Kumar Mitra was a veteran Indian journalist, who was assistant editor of the leading paper AAJKAL. Shri Mitra was a member of Central Press Accrediatation Committee (CPAC), Press Council of India. He was also served as President West Bengal Union of Journalists (WBUJ) and severed other prestigious government committees as important member of them.
In a statement,NUJ(India) President Prajnananda Chaudhuri and Secretary General Sheo kumar Agarwal expressed their grief over the sad demise of Asim Kr Mitra. “Mitraji was a brave man who stood for the rights of journalists and struggled against dictatorship.
The NUJ salutes Asim Kumar Mitra as a courageous journalist who upheld the ethics of journalism even at a heavy cost to himself. As NUJ(I) founder member he had agitated against the Emergency imposed by the Indira Gandhi Government” they said.
Secretary, Journalists Welfare Foundation Ras Bihari said, Asim ji touched the lives of the common people in many ways. NUJ(I) expresses its heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family with prayer to God to give his entire family the strength to bear this irreparable loss.
NUJ(I) School of Journalism Chairman Prasanna Mohanty said that NUJ(India) will miss his valuable inputs in opinion making which the NUJ(India) had greatly contributed to its working.
NUJ(India) records its deep sense of sorrow on sad demise of Shri Asim Kumar Mitra, with whom the NUJ(I) had a special relationship.