Editorial

An evolutionary journey

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 12/2/2019 12:20:31 PM IST

 Nagaland Post, the first daily newspaper completes 29 years of circulation on December 3,2019. For some the nearly three decades of publication may be just a period which does not say much. However those who knew about how the media then, the period was nothing short of a miraculous journey. The newspaper began as a tabloid printed by letter press machines and typeset matters composed by hand. That technology belonged to the 19th century and not the 20th century when the newspaper was launched. Besides outdated technology, inefficient communication networks, the newspaper had to cope up with lack of finance, resources untapped market distribution networks. Nagaland Post has witnessed the turbulent nineties where killings and violence were at their height during 1990-94.It had extensively reported on ambushes on a speaker, assassination attempts on a chief minister, a minister and former minister. As with many past incidents, Nagaland Post provided factual accounts of the infamous “Black Christmas” of December 26,1994 in Mokokchung and the “panic firing” incident of March 5,1995 in Kohima, while the rest of the national and regional media carried distorted and biased reports emanating from security agencies who were more concerned with the “morale of the force(s)” and not owning moral responsibility for the excesses. It may also be mentioned, that factional conflicts had also exposed the newspaper’s staff to threats from those quarters. Being the only daily newspaper, especially during the period prior to signing of the cease fire in June 1997, Nagaland Post bore the brunt of attacks from various sides as it found itself sandwiched between the opposing forces. On the other side, opposition politicians exhibited their true character. When in opposition the politicians depended on this newspaper for hitting at the government of the day. However, after they come to power, these very politicians bared their fangs at the newspaper for providing space to their political opponents. The suspension of government advertisements during 1992 and later in 1996 by ruling party governments was unparalleled in the history of media in Nagaland. It was a blatant attempt to gag this newspaper from publishing statements of then banned outfits. It may be noted that weekly tabloids used to publish the same statements but probably being the only newsdaily, this newspaper was given “special treatment”. The fact is that politicians used the factions for the factions as muscle power for electoral benefits but in order to prove their patriotism for India, pointed fingers at this newspaper for publishing statements of banned outfits. The odds – bringing out a newspaper with outdated technology, lack of funds, untried market and a hostile environment- had to be overcome. And it was possible through the grace of God. During the past more than two decades, Nagaland Post has enlivened a generation of school and college going students, many of who are well placed today. The newspaper provided them not only space but also enlightened readers with objective and clear analytical views and opinions and contributed towards creating an informed readership. Enlightening readers enable them to be thinkers who would become catalysts for progressive motion. The purpose is to inspire ordinary people to rationalize, improve and correct how they live or how they judged and how they grasp the present and the future. Even today, policy makers and thinkers value the opinions of the newspaper and it is a matter of pride that many acknowledge its impact.

Launched on December 3,1990. Nagaland Post is the first and highest circulated newspaper of Nagaland state. Nagaland Post is also the first newspaper in Nagaland to be published in multi-colour.

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