The Mokokchung Press Club (MPC) celebrated the ‘National Press Day’ along with the rest of the nation on 16th Nov 2020 at Hotel Whispering Winds, Mokokchung. Limawabang Jamir, Deputy Commissioner, Mokokchung attended the event as the special guest.
In a short session with the members of MPC, Limawabang Jamir said that it is an important day for Indian democracy because it is through the media, the fourth estate, we come to know about various issues in the society. He said that the media is the mirror that shows us the bare truth and harsh realities of life.
Limawabang, encouraged the MPC to be fearless, to stand for truth and impartial journalism. He also added that sensationalizing issues brings division and creates problem in the society therefore MPC should uphold the very vision of the Press Council of India that journalism should be neutral and fair to all.
He further encouraged the MPC members to continue striving for the truth and keep working on investigative news and while portraying the truth avoid hurting anyone. He ended his speech by quoting Henry Grunwald, Editor, Time magazine “Journalism can never be silent: that is its greatest virtue and its greatest fault. It must speak, and speak immediately, while the echoes of wonder, the claims of triumph and the signs of horror are still in the air”.
Limalenden Longkumer. President, Mokokchung Press Club, also gave a short presidential address at the event. He said that since the inception of the MPC in 2008, it has been doing its best to provide fair and unbiased news to the masses.
He also stated that in 2020 in India, about 15 journalists were arrested and two were murdered but the Nagaland press community in general and the members of MPC have not witnessed such unfortunate events. He thanked the district administration for keeping law and order firm in the district and said that we should work towards preventing such unfortunate events in the future.
The event was chaired by Limasenla Jamir, member, MPC.