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Scribes should be objective, says CM

Shillong, Nov. 16: Meghalaya journalists were today urged to maintain high standards of objectivity while resisting temptations to fall prey to various kinds of baits with Assembly elections round the corner.

The appeal was made during a deliberation on the theme Role of Media During Elections on the occasion of National Press Day.

Inaugurating the panel discussion on the theme, chief minister Mukul Sangma said the fourth estate should not give room to others to question its credibility.

“It is important for the media to play its role, especially during elections and its reporting should not reflect that it is supporting somebody,” Sangma said.

Legislator Manas Chaudhuri cautioned journalists against predicting results while reporting on elections.

A panel discussion on the theme was also conducted. The panelists included former home minister R.G. Lyngdoh, former KSU president and Neso leader Samuel B. Jyrwa, IIM Shillong professor Sanjib Kakoty, St Edmund’s College principal Sylvanus Lamare and Press Club of India secretary general Anil Anand.

On the occasion, the chief minister also spoke of a tripartite committee to study the recommendations made by the G.R. Majithia wage board for fixing and revising wages and allowances for working journalists and other newspaper employees.

Sangma said advertisement rates for newspapers would soon be increased and a plot of land for setting up Shillong Press Club identified.

The Meghalaya Editors and Publishers Association boycotted the press day celebrations because the government had failed to implement its demands for the last seven years. Local papers today carried blank editorials in protest.

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