Aizawl, Jan 21: A regional media workshop on improving information dissemination in rural areas was held here today for working journalist of Aizawl district.
Organised and overseen by Press Information Bureau, Govt. of India, the workshop which aim at awareness of the importance of media role in disseminating information through print media and electronic media was chaired by Shri Mangjagam Touthang, the deputy director of PIB, Aizawl, while Shri C. Lalkhawliana, prominent journalist and editor of local English Daily ‘Highlander’ proposed a key note address. Besides, Dr. Franklin Laltinkhuma, DC, Aizawl, Dr. C. Vanlalramsanga, IES, Secretary, Planning & Programme Implementation,UD & PA, Govt. of Mizoram and Shri K Sapdanga, Editor, Vanglaini and Shri J. Malsawmzuala Vanchhawng, copy editor, Dordarshan, Aizawl graced the workshop as resource person.
C. Lalkhawliana in his keynote address said that media, being the unofficial wing of the Government of the people for the people, ought to play vital role by providing at least concrete essential non-formal education for the people. He said that media world had experienced, and has been experiencing a sea change of all round progress evidenced by emerging realities of today. He however, regretted for the fact that there has been little or no change about the mood and tempo of the local media.
According to Lalkhawliana the growth of readership of newspapers in the state, both national and local publication, particularly newspapers or magazines published in English has been sadly minimal as ever before in the days. He narrated how he had experienced problems in running English paper in the state as the local people lacked interest in English newspapers.
While citing the important role of media, Lalkhawliana urged media persons to create needed impact in muolding positive public opinion.
Apart from depending on press meet which served as the main sources of news for a reporter, Lalkhawliana also urged the members of MJA to add to the routine of the day to day activity of journalist an alternative means of communicating with the people by setting up a platform for debate on issues and concerns of the day in the manner of TV debate as organized by national cable TV units which according to him would help the general public in getting a fair understanding or education on issues of the day.
The prominent journalist also lamented on the demise of first prominent journalist Robert Lal Chhuana, who died of cardiac disease on Wednesday and deeply sympathized his wife.
Presenting a paper on the topic ‘integrity for journalist, senior journalist and local daily ‘Vanglaini’ editor K. Sapdanga said that journalists, being reporter of news publicly are included among public servant. Apart from maintaining ethics a journalist should have integrity by maintaining good moral character, he added.
Sapdanga said that journalism do not have under its purview religious discrimination or discrimination on communal grounds.
He said that a religious bigot has no room in journalism and a journalist should avoid disseminating abusive reports which can instigate religious or communal feelings.
He added that journalists should not misuse their papers for either appeasing others or criticizing someone who they hate.