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NSLSA consultative meet for media

NSLSA consultative meet for media
Host of dignitaries along with Nagaland State Legal Services Authority (NSLSA) members and media persons at Kohima on Saturday.
Correspondent KOHIMA, MAY 11 (NPN) | Publish Date: 5/11/2019 11:58:51 AM IST

Nagaland State Legal Services Authority (NSLSA) organised a one-day consultative meet with the media personnel in the state on May 11 at the conference hall, Hotel Japfü, Kohima.

Speaking on the topic judicial proceeding salient features principal district and session judge and chairperson Kohima DLSA Khesheli Chishi said the immediate need of the society was to know and understand the judiciary. Chishi highlighted in brief the practical problem that the judiciary faced. She however, stated that despite the numerous hindrances and constraints within the system, it was trying its best to deliver justice in its true perspective.

Citing some constraints in timely dispensation of cases, Chishi pointed out the frequent political transfer of investigating officer (Police) as one of the major hurdles and the failure of the sub-machineries failing to produce required reports or documents within the stipulated time. Towards this end, she emphasized on the urgent need to set up special investigation cell and Special Juvenile Police Unit to speed up the process of investigation of cases that comes in.

Advocate, Gauhati High Court, Kohima Bench, Akito Zhimomi speaking on law of defamation and right to privacy said defamation under law are categorised into criminal and civil, further sub-categorised into two types  “slander and libel”. He explained the aspect of the Freedom of Press enshrined in Article 19 (1) A and the three essential elements to Freedom of press i.e.  freedom of access to all sources of information, freedom of publication and freedom of circulation and the freedoms that are subjected to reasonable restriction in Article 19 (2)

Senior advocate, Gauhati High Court, Kohima Bench Taka Masa spoke on the rights/privileges and liabilities of the media/journalist. Also speaking on the occasion, Nagaland Press Association president, H. Chishi pointed how media persons are slapped with contempt of court and defamation cases and called on for strengthening the role of judiciary and journalism through a collective effort.

Former editor of The Morung Express, Akum Longchar has requested NSLSA to conduct more seminars regarding court and legal proceedings with media personnel in the days to come so that the media persons get acquainted with the legal knowledge for accurate reporting.

In her keynote address, Mezivolu T. Therieh, member secretary, NSLSA said democracy cannot be successful without free press. In Nagaland, she said media has helped in converging the entire state with easy accessible information, in exposing certain ill and corrupt practices in the government sector, feeds the general mass and the public on information that the public can often be unaware of, mobilising social activism and journalist activism, helps passing information on gender equality, trying to bridge the gaps in a lot of issues. At the same time, Therieh said apart from these few positive impacts there are also certain ramifications, consequences and struggles faced by media houses, mostly so the journalist. She also stated that till date there is no law being enacted or passed for the protection of media house, journalist, reporters etc. 


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