To Be Closer to the Life of the People
A festive event dedicated to June 27 – the Day of Press and Mass Media Professionals took place on that day at the Uzbek National Academic Drama Theater.
The event was attended by members of the Senate, deputies of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan, representatives of ministries, agencies, public organizations, honorary journalists, publishers, polygraphists, professors and teachers of higher education institutions.
A congratulatory message of President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev to press and mass media workers was read out by the State Advisor to the President Khairiddin Sultanov.
This year, for the first time in history, according to the Decree of the President of the country a group of workers making a worthy contribution to the development of the sphere was awarded with high state awards in connection with this significant date. This gave the holiday a peculiar atmosphere and high spirits. At the event, the high awards were presented solemnly to its holders.
In particular, the title “Honored Journalist of the Republic of Uzbekistan” was awarded to Farhodjon Mahmudov, chief editor of the O’zbekiston 24 TV channel of the National TV and Radio Company of Uzbekistan, while Firdavs Abdukhalikov, chairman of the board of the National Association of Electronic Mass Media of Uzbekistan, and Bobir Alikhanov, director of the Information and Analytical Multimedia Center under the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Republic of Uzbekistan, were awarded Mehnat Shuhrati Order, and the Dustlik Order went to Shamshadbek Gulyamov, Deputy Chairman and Director- General of the National Association of Electronic Mass Media of Uzbekistan, and Tatyana Leshchinskaya, typewriter of the printing department at the Sharq publishing and printing joint- stock company, among others.
It was noted that the head of the state pays great attention to development of the mass media in the country, enhancing effectiveness of the national press. Great gratitude was expressed to the President for a worthy appraisal of the work of workers in the sphere.
Currently, there are more than 1500 media in the country, including 700 newspapers, 309 magazines, 65 TV, 35 radio stations, 4 news agencies, 15 newsletters, 395 websites. It is the share of non- state media that account for 66 percent of the country’s TV and radio channels, and 50 percent of print media. Before gaining independence, there were 395 media in the republic, almost all of them were state- owned.
The reforms implemented in the sphere require training of personnel meeting modern requirements. In particular, the resolution of the head of the state on the establishment of the University of Journalism and Mass Communications of Uzbekistan, signed May 24, 2018, became a historic document in this direction.
At the event, winners of traditional competition “The most active journalist of the year”, conducted by the Creative Union of Journalists of Uzbekistan, were awarded.
Within the framework of the festival, the performance of the National Academic Drama Theater was presented based on the work of Chingiz Aitmatov “The White Steamer”.
The celebratory sayil continued in the capital’s Gafur Gulam Culture and Recreation Park.