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Adopt fair and fearless reporting, DGP tells Nagaland journalists

By Thejoto Nienu Updated: Jul 05, 2023 1:02 am
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Dr. Engam Pame, K Soni Kumar and other resource persons along with the participants at Hotel Japfü Kohima on Tuesday. (EM Images)

KOHIMA— Nagaland Director General of Police (DGP) Rupin Sharma on Tuesday called on media professionals in the state to be fearless and unbiased in reporting and disseminating news.

Addressing the one-day media workshop ‘Vartalap’ at Hotel Japfii in Kohima organised by Press Information Bureau (PIB), the police chief also underlined the need to distinguish between facts and opinion.

Acknowledging the sensible role played by the Nagaland media amid prevailing situation in the neighbouring state of Manipur, he said irresponsible reporting could disturb the situation even in the state.

Nagaland is on high alert to prevent a law and order situation from developing in the state amid the ongoing violence in Manipur, said Sharma.

He further said Nagaland Police have made a significant progress in fighting drug menace and called for collective effort in combating the issue, adding that ‘life of the entire generation is at stake owing to the drug menace’.

‘Nagas hoping against hope’

Meanwhile, General Secretary of Naga Hoho, K Elu Ndang impressed upon the government of India for early resolution of the Indo-Naga political issue, which, he said would be grand, during a time when the country is celebrating Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 9 years of government.

“This settlement for the Naga people has been hoping against hope but nothing has come till date,” he said.

On the issue of Uniform Civil Code (UCC), Ndang appealled to the GoI not to implement the proposed law in the Northeast region, particularly in Nagaland, arguing that it is not appropriate for the Naga people or the Tribals at large, as it will cause more harm than good.

Also expressing concern over the situation in violence-hit Manipur, he said it has gone beyond human imagination and implored upon the GoI to address the grievances and problems of the people.

The speaker also appealed to the Nagas and the Northeast people to help bring back peace and tranquility in the neighbouring state of Manipur.

Further, he highlighted the role of the media in influencing people’s life. In this regard, he asked journalists to ensure honest reporting in order to contribute towards shaping the youth and building a strong society.

Regional Director, PIB, Imphal Region, Dr. Engam Pame, spoke about the concept of ‘vartalap’ and reminded the participants that stories have the power to restore people’s dignity.

He stated that media have the potential to be agents of change and to chart out a future and make a difference in the life of the people in nation building.

Joint Director of Agriculture department, Ketsukha Kath gave a presentation on ‘Overview of CSS Schemes Implemented by Agri department’ and Sr. Programme Officer, Samuel Terieng, gave a presentation on ‘Overview of activities implemented by the IT & Communication Department’ during the technical session.

Earlier in the programme, the DGP inaugurated a mini photo exhibition on the theme ‘9 years Seva, Sushasan and Garib Kalyan’ at Hotel Japfü.

By Thejoto Nienu Updated: Jul 05, 2023 1:02:23 am
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