Imphal, Nov.16: Media in Manipur observed National Press Day to commemorate the establishment of Press Council of India (PCI) today at Manipur Press Club Manipur. In connection with the observance, a one day workshop on the theme “The Impact and Import of Cartooning and Caricature as a medium of Expression of Opinion” was also held. The observance function was organized by Directorate of Information and Public Relations, Government of Manipur.
Chief Minister Okram Ibobi, Wangkhemcha Shyamjai, President, AMWJU, M. Okendro, Minister and Spokesperson Government of Manipur and other dignitaries from DIPR took part in the function.
State Journalist Awards for the year 2014 was also distributed in the function. Khoirom Loya Lakpa, Editor of Manipuri daily, Thoudang bagged the Manipur State Journalist Award for Best Editor while Naorem Gyanand, District correspondent, Ashem Babycha, Staff Reporter, Mutum Rameshchandra, Staff Reporter, Wangkhem Rishikesh, all four of them from Hueiyen Lanpao Daily bagged this year’s State journalist Awards in the category of reporting on Rural reporting, Women and Children, Public Health and Hygiene, and Sports respectively.
While speaking in the gathering Wangkhemcha Shyamjai drew Chief Minister’s attention to add a award category to the present 8 categories. He appealed CM Ibobi to add a category on the “reporting on differently able persons” as media could also give special focus on the life and works of different able persons as well as the media could give more information on the welfare and developmental activities taken up by the Government especially for them.
On the other hand, giving sign the statement by Syamjai being noted, O Ibobi said the Government is always ready for the welfare of Journalist. The government is always acknowledged of the responsibilities being taken by Journalist of Manipur, the CM encouraged and said the media fraternity in Manipur to move forward in the future too.