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Media in Manipur works under threat
Correspondent IMPHAL, NOV 16:
Published on 16 Nov. 2010 11:56 PM IST
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The land (Manipur) is no more a place where all sections of the society co-exist, observed speakers in the one-day seminar on “Media and Present Society” organised by the Department of Information and Public Relations in connection with the observation of National Press day, 2010 at Manipur Press Club, Imphal.
State information minister, TN Haokip who graced the occasion as chief guest expressed concern over the increasing threats and interferences to the media houses and media persons.
“We have to confront all these odds with patience until the conflicting problems ahead of the state are solved. But, remember the role of media to end these persisting conflicts is great. You (media) should accept the challenges and work to achieve the ends,” he asserted.
Speaking as a resource person, S Bharatbushan, former editor of Hueiyen Lanpao said that general populaces want to live in harmony with the ideology of peaceful co-existence, but in total contrast with it, media houses were floated with press releases of challenges, intimidations and conflicting statements.
The media houses have nothing to do except entertain the same as they were under threats, former editor lamented.
The media which is about to take a major responsibility in the advancement of the society is no more working independently. The media which is to work independently in constructive way is under pressure to entertain with press note or release dispatched by various groups. In short media are used as their mouth piece, the former editor lamented.
Other resources persons observed that the state which was home to many communities and tribes was fast becoming a land which cannot be settled by humans. The ideology of peaceful co-existence among the different communities had been vanishing and each community or tribe was in the dream of living separated from each other, they lamented.
Faces of the communal forces were high up. People were seemed to be returning to the early ‘Stone Age’ period of human civilization and this was in total contrast to the objective of being media to bring a more developed society, the resource persons added.

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