Information minister calls for balance reporting

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, September 16, 2018: Information and public relations minister Thongam Biswajit has appealed for balance reporting in new publications as media plays the role of a mediator.

The minster was addressing on the occasion of 45th foundation day celebration of All Manipur Working Journalists Union (AMWJU), held at Manipur Press Club today.

He lauded the contribution of the media fraternity despite of facing numerous challenges .He highlighted the challenges faced by media fraternity like viral of fake news in social media, which media fraternity had a tough verifying the fake news.

Another challenges faced by the media fraternity is the creation of idea of Manipur and the biggest challenges faced by media fraternity is publishing constructive criticism. Media should play an important role abiding to its ethics in a democratic state as the essence of democracy lies in the effectiveness of media, he added.

Biswajit also informed that keeping in mind about the welfare of the journalist the present government has already deposited Rs 10 crore in corpus fund and recently the government has handed over first ever financial assistance to three journalists under Manipur State Journalists welfare scheme of department of information and public relations.

He also appealed to work collectively for the betterment of the society.

Consumer affairs and public distribution minister Karam Shyam stated that in today’s highly globalised world, information- related works of   any local or national papers have become a part of education imparting knowledge to the public. Any person whether politician or belonging to any organisation cannot be said to lead a meaningful life without sound and effective education.

Highlighting the varied role of journalists in creating love, harmony and integration and at the same time, communal conflicts amongst the various ethnic groups, he said that journalists should be extra cautious in their activities by following the press code of ethics.

As a part of the celebration, veteran journalists, members of Editors Guild Manipur, former presidents and general secretaries of the union were also felicitated.

The foundation day was attended by veteran journalists, members of Editors Guild Manipur and invitees.

A musical programme was also scheduled in the evening.

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