Imphal, Sept 16,
Age factor matters, when it comes to maturity. As the All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union Manipur celebrates its 45th Foundation Day today at Manipur press Club a new chapter in the history of Manipur’s Journalist opens today after differences among the journalists of the state has been settled.
The long standoff between the Editors’ Guild Manipur and the All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union finally ended as members of both the body sorted out the misunderstanding and celebrate the birth day with smiles.
“ There is no reason for us to be divided and let’s not make this re-union happen again”, Yumnam Rupachandra, General Secretary of Editors’ guild Manipur said while speaking on the occasion. Rupachandra was appealing the journalists community not to ever divided again.
Information and Public Relations Minister Thongam Biswajit, who attended the foundation day as the Chief Guest expressed surprised over the presence of both the EGM and the AMWJU celebrating the 45th Foundation day of the Journalists’ body.
“I am impressed to see the AMWJU and the EGM together, I am sure that this changes seen among the journalists of the state will bring change to the state towards development’, IPR Minister Bishwajit said while delivering his speech.
Taking advantage of delivering speech to an occasion of the journalists, IPR Minister Biswajit called on all media persons to be impartial in reporting news.
“Media is playing the role of a mediator, they should balance their news report before publishing ‘, Bishwajit said.
Minister maintained that observing foundation day is significant as it provides us to reflect past activities and at the same time provide to explore new challenges further. He also recalled the history of how journalism emerges in the state.
Bishwajit 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”, Bishwajit said.
Minister 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.
Revenue Minister Karam Shyam who attended the the celebration as guest of honour stated that media today is becoming an educator. It has now become an essential commodities of our day today life.
“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”, Karam Shyam said.
Highlighting the varied role of journalists in creating love, harmony & 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.
A two minutes silence was also observed as mark of tribute to departed journalist Khellen Thokchom , Special Correspondent, The Telegraph and Ibotomba Singh, Sub-Editor ISTV News.
The foundation day was attended by chairman and MD of Salai Holdings Pvt Ltd,Shri N.Samarjit Singh, veteran journalists ,members of Editors Guild Manipur amongst other.