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Concerns for media persons; Is the government serious?

Ambition and passion are the main reason for one to start a new establishment. Some people are lucky and others are not so, for this profession we are on our way, is not everybody’s cup of tea. A desire for a change and perhaps to show the capitalists class – that we are no difference from you people ; we will no longer be your puppet or an earning machine is one reason among many others why we stuck to this profession even by sacrificing what we could have earn serving them. Among us, some are privileged enough to get their rightful share in the form of remuneration, but this privileged is only for the lucky chaps in the profession at which the boss considered best. But many who has been already utilized and used for years remain the same without any improvement. However their love and passion for the profession compelled them to remain with frustration.

Every arrogant rich man or influential persons considered media as tool to earn money with great reputation. And it is for this reason we have seen some people who had earn enough money by either hook or crook wanted to enter the field and do business by hiring labour who can write and do work for them. The attitude of this class of people is clear. Sometime they forgot that the kind of labour is an intellectual labour. 

The journalists who had been working days and night voicing against the venality of the politicians or criticizing the violation of rights for the workers in term of their pay/ salary were put to silence when it comes to their turn.

It is at this juncture that we who are working in the media house have reason to appreciate the team AMWJU for their endless effort to implement the journalists’ wage board. More appreciable is the response of the government . Increase of the pension for journalist and granting of sites for setting up of press colony at Langol shows their concern for those in the profession.

It is a fact we in the state which has been reeling under various form of violence has been face various form of threats and obstacles. But these challenges are no real threats as people who choose this profession finds it interesting to deal such situation.

However, the people in this profession are really deprived by the insufficient pay and facilities  that they have been provided. We hope government will certainly look into the matter and take up some immediate action after due consultation with the publishing houses owners to make a change to the living conditions of the journalists.

Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 15+ years in the field of Journalism. A seasoned editor, was a former editor of ISTV News. He resides in Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, with his wife and parents. Rinku can be contacted at [email protected] 

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