Manipur Information and Public Relation minister TN Haokip has appealed to allow media houses to work freely without any interference from second party.
Speaking as chief guest on State Information Day celebration here on Monday, Haokip said that journalists and media houses should be allowed to discharge their duties in an unbiased manner.
Referring to frequent disturbances given to the journalists and media houses by underground organisations, the minister said that they should not give any kind of pressure to the media houses and that it was not a sign of a civilized society.
He also asserted that development in the state can be achieved only when government and media go hand in hand and further appealed to the media to investigate and point out any flaw in government policies and programmes so that government could take up measures to rectify the flaw timely.
Meanwhile, seven journalists were conferred Manipur State Awards-2010 as part of recognition of their contribution in different fields. The award for National Integration and Communal Harmony was conferred to editor of Hueiyen Lanpao (English) Brozendra Ningomba, sub-editor of the same newspaper RK Sanatomba won the award in sports and sub-editor Enaomacha Salam in art & culture.
The other winners were L Samungou, reporter of Sangai Express in rural reporting, RK Bulu, reporter of Poknapham in public health & hygiene and Dhamendro Wangkhemcha, reporter of Kangleipakki Meira and N Philips, news reader and reporter of ISTV (joint winners) in special reference to women & children.