Monday, November 28, 2022

Manipur confers award to eight journalists on National Press Day


Manipur State Journalists Awards were conferred to eight journalists of different local dailies including an editor as Department of Information & Public Relations (DIPR) celebrated National Press Day in Imphal on Wednesday. A seminar on ‘The Media’s Role in Nation Building’ was also held as part of the celebration held at Palace Auditorium of MSFDS, Imphal.
Addressing the occasion as chief guest, state works minister Govindas Konthoujam expressed worry as the credibility of the media houses has been lowered due to the trend of paid news and social media intrusion. He said that from time immemorial media has played an immense role in nation building. However, paid news and social media intrusion has put a big question mark to the credibility of the media houses. “There is need for monitoring from both the government and media houses for transparent functioning of the media fraternity,” he said.
He stated that despite the cases of assault and mishandling against media persons, the courage of journalists has not dampened, and added that media should be taken care of apart from its recognition.
Media persons should work with determination and dedication for the welfare of the society, confronting all odds, he said.
State IPR minister Dr Sapam Ranjan Singh stressed the need for media houses to check authenticity of news before publishing it and expressed concern over the increasing intrusion by the social media.
He said that the speed of disseminating news was faster because of the technology and it may also lead to spread of false concepts to the people if not carefully checked before penning.
Streamlining of social media considering legal terms without complicacy was the need of the hour, he said.
“Negative news is topping the positive news which impacts the layman and we need to change this trend,” the IPR minister said.
National Press Day is observed on November 16th every year across the country as a day to commemorate the setting up of the Press Council of India, a statutory and quasi-judicial establishment.
The Press Council of India started functioning on this day in 1966. The day marks the presence of an independent and responsible press in India.

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