IPR minister tutors media on fair reporting

Information and public relations (IPR) minister Thongam Biswajit Singh has exclaimed that the credibility of a media house lies in the accuracy and balance of its reports. A media house losses its credibility if its reports are imbalanced and inaccurate.

The IPR minister was speaking at the silver jubilee celebration of the bilingual The Aja Daily at Tribal Research Institute, Chingmeirong here on Sunday.

Pointing out that the media plays an important role in the society, the minister said that it sometimes play the role of a mediator between the public and the government. The media disseminates information about the government’s policies and schemes for the people and at the same time brings to the notice of the government the opinions and views of the people through their editorial columns.

The media plays an important role in the development of a society in a democracy, he added.

Minister Biswajit also lauded Aja for the contributions made to the society for such a long time.

The minister also highlighted the need to open District Information Offices in all districts.

Regarding construction of the proposed Press Park, he said a site has already been identified. He also spoke on the construction of a Press Colony.

IPR Director Meghachandra Kongbam said that The Aja Daily editor Valley Rose Hungyo is the only woman editor among all the newspapers published in the state.

The Director also stressed the importance of vernacular newspapers, and recalled vernacular newspapers played an important role in India’s freedom struggle.

The celebration was also attended by Chingai MLA Khashim Vashum, The Aja Daily editor Valley Rose Hungyo, Editors’ Guild Manipur president A Mobi and secretary general Y Rupachandra, Manipur Hill Journalists’ Union president Ramkung Pamei among others.

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