Press fraternity observes National Press Day

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 11/16/2019 11:05:49 AM IST

Press fraternity of Nagaland joined the rest of the country in observing National Press Day at DIPR conference hall Kohima on November 16, organized by directorate of Information & Public Relations (DIPR), Kohima Press Club, Dimapur Press Club and Mokokchung Press Club (MPC) under the theme “Reporting – Interpretation: A Journey.”

According to DIPR report, editor Heritage Publication, Dr. Asangla Tsudir speaking at the event said “media is the conscious keeper of the people and that media is a powerful tools for shaping the thoughts and minds of the people”. She remarked that media fraternity is caught between the fact and the truth telling and that this two should not be disassociated from responsibility in the context of harmony and wellbeing of the people. She also reminded the media fraternity that people today are looking for a media or papers which can gave provide them with wholesome information covering all perspective from different angles.
She said that media houses in Nagaland need to evolve from the current trend of reporting and focus on disseminating information on what people wanted rather then what media wants to report.  Stressing on reporting issue like sexual assault or domestic violence she said that news reporting needs to go beyond the bounds of cultural stereotyping justice system and further provoke the justice system towards ensuring that justice is delivered to the victim rather than the oppressor. 
She also said that for democracy to evolve, investigative journalism is the need of the hour in the state. As conscious keeper of the people and as responsible citizens, she urged the media fraternity of Nagaland to continue evolving.
Author & former journalist, Charles Chasie speaking as one of the panelists in the event said that the theme PCI has chosen is open enough and wide enough for everyone to interpret it the way they understand and that each needed to provide depth. He said that sensationalism and selective indignation were the two traditional sins of the media as all are prone to these infirmities from time to time despite one’s best efforts. 
Chase also said the role of the media men and women have become much more challenging, especially serving a society that has experienced prolonged violence and has become wounded and broken in the process. 
Therefore, he pointed out that at this juncture, when peace finally seems within reach of people and society, media are in a unique position to help bring healing and to give hope to people. 
Earlier, director IPR LimawatiAo welcome and introduced the panelist of the event and president Nagaland Press Association H Chishi moderated the panel discussion. 

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