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Abstain from yellow journalism: Meghalaya minister tells journalists

Addressing journalists during the National Press Day function, Sangma said he started his career as a journalist, hence he feels a strong connection and finds it very meaningful to be part of the National Press Day celebration.

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Shillong: Meghalaya Information and Public Relations minister James Sangma on Tuesday said the responsibility of the press is to give factual reports and this 4th pillar of democracy must uphold this responsibility and abstain from yellow journalism.

Addressing journalists during the National Press Day function, Sangma said he started his career as a journalist, hence he feels a strong connection and finds it very meaningful to be part of the National Press Day celebration.

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The Shillong Press Club in collaboration with the Directorate of Information & Public Relations organised the event on the theme “Who’s not afraid of the Media” Sangma said that journalism is an art of story-telling and in the post-truth era all of us are trying to grapple with this new concept.

He also informed that the Advertisement Policy of the state is in the final stage of completion and it will be rolled out soon and with regards to various demands from the press fraternity of the state which includes Journalists Pension Plan and Journalists Welfare Fund, the Government is committed to fulfill all the needs.

During the day a Panel Discussion was participated by Dr M Ampareen Lyngdoh, MLA, Paul Lyngdoh, MDC, William Richmond Marbaniang, Former DGP, Meghalaya, V G K Kynta, Senior Advocate, Meghalaya High Court, Larsing M Sawyan, MD, Centre Point Group of Enterprises
and Joy Syiem, Policy Lead, North Eastern Network.

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