AIR organizes workshop for PTC

Correspondent KOHIMA, MAR 26 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/26/2019 12:53:17 PM IST

All India Radio (AIR) Kohima organised a one-day orientation workshop for part-time correspondent (PTC) on election matters at Hotel Japfü here on Tuesday.

Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Nagaland Abhijit Sinha, who graced the workshop, said Election Commission of India comes out with fresh instructions from time to time.  He therefore said it was important that during any election, reporters should find out the latest instruction given out, because unknowingly one might violate the guidelines of the Commission. 

He further pointed out that reporters, correspondents and news agencies must remain neutral to properly educate the masses for an “ethical and informed voting”. The CEO also pointed out that extra care should be taken while criticizing policies, and reporting on critical statements and character assassination news.  He said since many political parties will be contesting the election, news coverage should be balanced and includes the opinion of all the groups.

He further told the PTC, that the primary objective of the media was to disseminate factual information and news to the people.

During the technical session and speaking on the “role of media during elections”, N. Moa Aier, additional CEO, Nagaland pointed out that media must serve all the candidates fairly and equally. However, the most crucial and impartial role for the media was to inform the people about what was happening and not one’s personal opinion or views, Aier said. 

He also explained the gist of instructions outlined by the Election Commission of India (ECI), NBSA guidelines for election broadcasts and report on paid news guidelines by the Press Council of India (PCI).

Jonas Yanthan, news reader-cum-translator presented the guidelines for coverage of election by AIR/DD. News reader-cum-translator AIR, Imkongnungla chaired the programme; deputy director (News) AIR, Shahu Patole delivered the welcome address while news editor, Asonuo said the vote of thanks.

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