The National Press Day, 2019 cum workshop on the theme ‘Reporting Interpretation – A journey’ was held at newly constructed auditorium of Directorate of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) premises in Imphal on Saturday.

Information and public relations (IPR) minister Thongam Biswajit Singh, chairman Yumnam Radheshyam of MANITRON & MANIDCO and IPR director H Balkrisna were the chief guest,president and guest of honour of the national press day observation.

Speaking on the occasion, minister Biswajit said journalists act as information providers and messengers.

He also expressed the importance of a balanced and unbiased reporting in the State.

On the other hand, IPR director Balkrisna said the DIPR is also committed towards bringing more transparency in its administration and bringing more welfare of the media persons.

Eight journalists of the State were awarded with the Manipur State Journalist Awards, 2019 in the day’s gathering acknowledging their prolific writing in diverse fields.

The recipients of the Manipur State Journalist Awards, 2019 are joint editor Nepram Krishnamohon Singh of Sanaleibak vernacular, staff reporters Nomita Khongbantabam (rural reporting) and  Asem Babycha Devi (science & technology reporting) of Hueiyen Lanpao vernacular, sub-editor Taorem Bishwajit Singh of Sanaleibak (parliamentary reporting), reporter Sagolsem Bigyan of The People’s Chronicle (special reference to women & children Reporting), staff reporters R K Bullu Singh (arts & culture reporting) and Heigrujam Sadananda Singh (sports reporting) of Poknapham daily and video journalist Khwairakpam Naoba of Information Service Television News (public health & hygiene reporting).

In the second session of the day, Pradip Phanjoubam, senior journalist moderated a workshop on the theme ‘Reporting- Interpretation: A Journey’.

Senior journalists Sobhaphati Samom, Yumnam Rupachandra and Sothing Shimray representing three journalists’ bodies in the state, presented papers as resource persons.

The session was attended by members of the journalist fraternity of the State and officers and staffs of the department.

It may be mentioned that the National Press Day is observed on November 16 every year on different themes.

It is symbolic of free and responsible press in India.

This was the day on which the Press Council of India started functioning as a moral watchdog to ensure that not only did the press maintain the high standards expected from this powerful medium but also that it was not fettered by the influence or threats of any extraneous factors.

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