Media should be platform of truth: Speaker Khemchand

While pledging that the government will take all possible measures to ensure welfare of the journalists of Manipur, Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly Yumnam Khemchand called upon that media houses to filter news items that are detrimental to harmonious co-existence or impede development of Manipur.

Speaking as chief guest of the 43rd foundation day of Manipur Press Club, Majorkhul here on Saturday, Khemchand stressed that while media should be the platform for truth only it is equally important for creating a conducive environment so that the journalists could work without any inhibition.

He also desired that media persons suggest means to cleanse the ills afflicting electoral politics and make elections the right medium for the people to choose their representatives.
Further stating that the media is the real reflection of the society, Khemchand encouraged journalists for thorough and authenticate reports in order to facilitate the government to rectify shortcomings, if any, in government institutions/departments.

The Speaker also proposed that All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union (AMWJU) prepare a detailed presentation on welfare of journalists of Manipur so that the government can take up appropriate steps and advised minister Th Shyamkumar, who was also present on the occasion, to discuss grievances of the media persons in the cabinet meeting.

In his address, MAHUD minister Th Shyamkumar said that media plays a big role in the socio-economic development of the society and expressed confidence that Manipur will develop when the media is strong enough to report the truth only.

Seeking cooperation of the media houses in the government’s endeavour to bring development on all fronts and work efficiently for the welfare of the people, he suggested that media should give adequate coverage to the works taken up by the government from time to time.

Minister Shyamkumar also assured that the plight of the journalists put forth by members of the media fraternity will be looked into appropriately and necessary action will be taken up after consulting with the chief minister and authorities concerned.

He emphasised that media persons should have the courage to report boldly and appealed to the journalists not to work on assumption but to find the facts first and report with documentary evidences regarding government departments.

On the other-hand, AMWJU president Wangkhemcha Shamjai, while stating that media persons should never deviate from ethics of journalism, announced that the One-Time pension scheme of journalist will begin from next year. Manipur Press Club has improved a lot and is now planning for a solar roof topping in collaboration with MSPDCL to have uninterrupted power supply, he said and proposed that the department concerned increase the amount of the journalists’ pension scheme. As a part of the celebration hosted by AMWJU, Braveheart Journalist Award made its debut this year with the presentation of the same to four media persons, who had rendered help to the injured escort personnel who accompanied the chief minister and his ministerial colleagues during the cabinet meeting held in Tamenglong district headquarter.

The escort party met with an accident on its way back to Imphal. Other highlights of the function included honouring of former executives of AMWJU and felicitation of functionaries of the newly affiliated district correspondents.

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