Democracy at stake without strong, grounded media: Pema

National Press Day

ITANAGAR, Nov 15: Chief Minister Pema Khandu said that democracy will always be at stake without a strong and grounded fourth pillar. He said this in a message on the eve of the National Press Day to the media persons of the state.
He assured the state government’s all out support to the genuine efforts of the media persons and media houses.
Khandu appealed to the state’s media fraternity to showcase and promote the rich cultural, religious, adventure and natural potentials of the State and its unique identity of unity in diversity.
“It is but natural for media to highlight current affairs and hard-stories but I believe that Arunachal Pradesh is a haven for soft and developmental stories without the need of any sensationalism. The basis should be to promote and project Arunachal Pradesh in proper light to the outside world,” he pointed.
The Chief Minister hailed the invaluable contributions made by the state media in evolution and development of Arunachal Pradesh by working within the parameters of the great Indian Democracy.
“Progress and peace of the state depends largely on the media persons and their writings! I hope members of the Arunachal Press Club, Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists and the Arunachal Electronic Media Association would stand up to their responsibility not only as ‘voice of the people’ but also as conscious and positive-thinking citizens,” Pema said in his message.
“It is heartening to know that the press fraternity of Arunachal Pradesh, despite being still nascent and growing, has kept alive its tradition of celebrating the National Press Day every year on 16th November religiously by reiterating its role in nation building and creating a conscious and participatory citizenry. I sincerely appreciate the journalist bodies for their all out efforts to promote journalistic ethics, encourage budding writers and help Arunachal media carve a niche for itself in the vast canvas of mass media in the country,” the Chief Minister added.
Meanwhile, the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Dr B.D. Mishra in his message said that the Media is now the nerve centre of our society.
“While disseminating information to the people, Media is playing a vital and benevolent role in all walks of our life. With its commitment to uphold truth, probity and objectivity, the Media is helping in building up a just and corruption free society” he said.
He expressed his hope that this occasion will inspire media people to maintain highest standards of news reporting professionalism and constructive journalism.
The Media must continue to raise voice against terrorism and preservation of environment. Special attention should be paid by the Media for the well-being of the women, children and downtrodden, the Governor said.