Imphal, Jan. 16
Information and Public Relations Minister Thongam Biswajit Singh launched a News Portal - The North-East Affairs today and said launching of such a portal in today’s digital world is very appropriate and should be encouraged by all.
Speaking as the Chief Guest of the inaugural function held at the Manipur Press Club building, the Minister raised the importance of a balanced report and said that media houses should ensure that their stories are verified and filtered. He continued that all media outlets including print, electronic and others should maintain quality news reporting to build credibility.
Journalism, he said is all about dynamism and responsibility. He stated that journalists provide information and create awareness among the public about their rights in a democratic society. He said that criticism is very important, but it should be in a constructive and positive manner,
Biswajit also said that one should not be demoralized due to one wrong, but instead work towards doing better.
In his Welcome Address, editor of the newly launched news portal, Wahengbam Tikendra said that the portal will be a first of its kind in the State. He said the difference between news portals and traditional media like newspaper is that reports in online news portal have the flexibility for updates, whereas in newspapers once it goes to print a report cannot be updated.
The inaugural function was also attended by ex-MP Lok Sabha Dr.T.Meinya, Editors’ Guild Manipur President Khogendra Khomdram and All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union President Bijoy Kakchingtabam.