Sunday, January 29, 2023

AMWJU celebrates 48th foundation day


All Manipur Working Journalist’ Union (AMWJU) celebrated its 48th foundation day on Friday with a grand function at Manipur Press Club, Imphal.
Speaking on the occasion, state works minister Govindas Konthoujam Govindas stressed on the significant role by journalists in a democratic country like India. The minister also expressed concern over the working condition of the fourth pillar of the democracy adding that they were put in a dilemma while discharging their duties in restive states like Manipur.
Pressures from different sides to publish or not to publish news sometimes put them in a dilemma, he said.
“Media is the fourth estate of democracy. We should pay our respect to the journalists and support them,” he added.
The works minister assured all possible assistance from the government side in taking up welfare programmes of the journalists. He said that as the present chief minister has a journalistic background, he was also aware of the pains and problems and the plus points of the profession. In his speech on the occasion, state IPR minister Sapam Ranjan lauded the role of journalists in the society.
He said,“It is a 24-hour duty job and one that needs huge labour. The present government is serious whenever the welfare of the journalists comes up.”
He assured that the scheme of providing compensation to journalists and other grievances will be addressed.
The government will also look into the matter of shortage of staff at the IPR department and other pending issues, the IPR minister said.
He added that the matter of hiking pension amount for retired journalists under the government’s journalists’ pension scheme will be considered.
Earlier, AMWJU president Wangkhemcha Shamjai spoke at length about the plight of the journalists and media houses in the state.
He said that while the journalists were having hard time dealing with pressures from the non-state actors, state-actors were interfering in their affairs. The president was referring to the frequent summoning of some journalists of the state including himself by the NIA in the recent time and being asked irrelevant questions in a particular case for which they were summoned.
He said that non-clearance of government advertisement bills timely was another burden on the head of the media houses.
He drew the attention of the government to release the advertisement bills on time while asserting that almost all newspapers in the state were depending on the income from the government advertisements.
As a part of the foundation day celebration, senior journalists and founder members of AMWJU were also felicitated.

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