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DPC observes National Press Day

DPC National Press day

Dimapur, November 16: Press doesn’t exist just to disseminate information but also functions a weapon to fight social evils, observed Dr. Naorem Nishikanta Singh, Assistant Professor and HoD, Journalism and Mass Communication, St. Joseph University, Chumoukedima, on Wednesday, during the National Press Day Celebration at Rotary Club, Dimapur.
The event was organised by Dimapur Press Club (DPC).
The Assistant Professor, however, warned that when the weapon is not used in a controlled manner, it can lead to destruction.
Speaking on the theme “Media’s Role in Nation Building”, Singh cited the examples of Mahatma Gandhi, Raja Rammohan Roy, and Bal Gangadhar Tilak who all used their own publications to fight social evils and urged the gathering to be responsible, to foresee the consequences of their reportage, to know what should be published and if the materials they intend to publish are in public interest.
He said that even minor details and punctuations in a report can lead to untoward incidents therefore there is a need for the media fraternity to reflect on its importance. Calling media the fourth pillar of democracy, Singh said that its existence is part of nation building and that it serves as a link between the authorities and the public.
Stressing on the necessity of ethics and integrity in reportage, he said that for small States like Nagaland where advertisements can be dire and greater circulations become important, the journalistic ethics should not be sold, and, if the media starts to depend on paid news too much keeping aside ethics, it will result in bias and can be destructive.
In his address, Singh also narrated a brief history of how the Press Council of India was formed, talked about the time of Emergency during the regime of former PM Indira Gandhi referring to that as the “darkest era” for India’s media, and that freedom of speech and expression guaranteed by India’s Constitution is not absolute.
Editor of Tir Yimyim, K Temjen Jamir, who also spoke on the occasion, urged the media persons to go beyond their responsibilities as watchdogs and not wait for news to come to them, but rather go beyond the traditional mindset and give more importance to what they see than what people say.
Earlier, delivering the welcome address, DPC member Tasungtetla Longkumer had mentioned that journalists are a mirror of society, which brings out the truth even in adverse circumstances and the day symbolizes freedom of the press and its responsibilities towards society.
The event was chaired by DPC member Kanili Kiho.
The vote of thanks was delivered by DPC Information and Publicity Secretary Akangjungla Longchar.
(Page News Service)