TODAY -

Scribes air grievances to PCI team
Source: Hueiyen News Service

Imphal, September 25 2013: The official team of Press Council of India (PCI) which is currently at Imphal on a two-day visit to take stock of the problems being faced by journalists were bombarded with grievances poured out by scribes during an interaction programme held at Classic Hotel here today.

Among the PCI team, who were present during the interaction programme, were its Sub-Committee Convenor Kosuri Amarnath, who is leading the team and members Kalyan Barooah, Arvind S Tengre and Arun Kumar.

Commissioner of Information and Publicity, Government of Manipur Letkhogin Haokip and Director of IPR W Rajen Singh, other Government officials, and editors of local dailies were also present during the interaction.

A memorandum was also submitted to the PCI team from the side of All Manipur Working Journalists' Union (AMWJU).

Wangkhemcha Shyamjai, President of AMWJU and many other renowned journalists of the State were present on the occasion and briefed the visiting team on the kind of problems being faced by journalists working in the strife-torn Manipur.

The memorandum focuses on ten main points.

Among the 10 main points, the memorandum demanded that the Manipur Government should strengthen protection for journalists and act swiftly to prosecute those responsible for posing threats to the working of a free press and media in the State; the State Government must ensure a safe working atmosphere for journalists in the State and improve their working condition; health scheme to cover illness-related expenses of the journalists and their family should be introduced, adequate compensation should be provided in case of killing/injury of journalists while performing their duties; to provide better working condition and remuneration for working journalists; to provide provident fund for working journalists, revision of journalists pension amount and security protection for media team visiting interior areas of the State, etc.



Officials of PCI and State Government during the interaction programme
Officials of PCI and State Government during the interaction programme


While highlighting the existing working condition during the interaction, the journalists apprised the visiting PCI team that there are no shift systems and most journalists work from early morning till late night but the salary they get is minimal.

Even after many years on the job, the pay remains stagnant making it hard for them (journalists) to maintain themselves; not to talk about looking after the maintenance of their families.

The journalists also complained about the absence of any health insurance or accident-related schemes taken up by the State Government or by the media houses in Manipur.

In many cases, journalists with prolonged illness are either terminated from the job or forced to take leave without pay/compensation.

The PCI team was also highlighted about the frequent threats imposed on the journalist fraternity both from the state and non-state actors.

Both the entities have been trying their level best to use the media in their own way.

The failure of the new rules of propaganda warfare of the non-state actors have led to frequent harassment of media persons in the form of killings, bombings, life attempts, assaults and arrests.

From 1993 till date, as many as seven journalists have been shot dead in Manipur.

Numerous life attempts, bombings and threats over the phone have become a common issue today.

There are also some UG groups who along with paramilitary forces carry out extortions from the public.

Sometimes they come together in the newspaper office to submit press notes.

There are also instances where an UG group involved in peace talk coming out in the open and even assaulting police personnel.

Under such a situation, it is very hard for media persons in Manipur to perform their duties and the freedom of the press lies at stake.

Though the government has been informed of this unwanted happenings time and again, yet the concerned authority has never done anything concrete to solve the problem so far, the journalists informed the visiting PCI officials.

The State actors have also been playing their own role in publishing or not publishing of news report in the media.

On August 2, the State Government passed an order against the publication of news items "directly attributed to unlawful organizations, organized gangs, terrorists and terrorists related organizations considered to be subversive and a threat to the integrity of the State and the country".

This has created dire situation for the integrity of the media, they added.

The media persons with accredited identity cards were not even allowed to cover certain functions of the Government where VVIPs attend even after they were given the invitation card by the State and Central forces, the journalists said, while pointing out that apart from threatening media persons, newspaper hawkers and distributors and their families have not been spared and are at the receiving end of the threats from anti-social elements.

This has been the first instance where the hawkers and distributors have been threatened, probably because the journalists refused to kowtow to the demands of the UG groups, they observed.

All in all the life of a journalist in Manipur and his/her responsibilities to uphold the sanctity and freedom of the press has become increasingly difficult and dangerous due to the pressure from all sides, coupled with the very less salary they get for the sacrifices they make for the society, the journalists highlighted.

After listening to the grievances of the journalists, Kosuri Amarnath informed that a report in this regard would be submitted to the Chairman of the Sub-Committee, PCI for necessary discussion and action.

Amarnath observed that all the difficulties confronting the scribes in Manipur are almost same with the complexities faced by Maoist-affected states of India.

However, these problems are not similar to the problems faced by journalists in Jammu and Kashmir.

The visiting PCI team is expected to meet the Chief Minister and the Deputy Chief Minister tomorrow at 4:00 pm to discuss the issues raised by the journalists in detail.

It may be noted here that the PCI team had earlier visited Maharashtra, J&K, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Kerala, Tripura, Assam and Meghalaya and gathered reports on the problems faced by the journalists of these states.


* Comments posted by users in this discussion thread and other parts of this site are opinions of the individuals posting them (whose user ID is displayed alongside) and not the views of e-pao.net. We strongly recommend that users exercise responsibility, sensitivity and caution over language while writing your opinions which will be seen and read by other users. Please read a complete Guideline on using comments on this website.




LATEST IN E-PAO.NET
  • Surviving COVID-19 onslaught: My experience
  • Namthiurai, Chingja Yaimen: eMing
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • Ocean :: Poem
  • AI : The Fourth Industrial Revolution
  • Promoting nutri-gardens & backyard poultry
  • Straight from the NSCN (IM) leader
  • NH 2 cut off at Khongnem (Mao) : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 24 Oct : Govt of Manipur
  • Nidhi Prayas : Call for application
  • COVID-19 : Impact in Manipur :: News Timeline
  • 93 yr old recovers from COVID-19 at Ukhrul
  • North Eastern Tale :: Poem
  • Change and continuity
  • Private schools yesterday & today
  • Tarao Laimanai in Chandel #3 : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 23 Oct : Govt of Manipur
  • Eyek Tamba :: Learn the Manipuri script
  • Emergency Meeting on COVID-19 : Gallery
  • My memories of Imphal from 1941 #4
  • 'No need to hold Hornbill festival 2020'
  • Food for beauty :: Shahnaz Husain
  • Condemns officials of Assam govt
  • Points for new SOP
  • Beautiful : An Anal music video : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 22 Oct : Govt of Manipur
  • Naga Peace Process :: News Timeline
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • The price of compassion :: Poem
  • 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat' amidst COVID-19
  • Tea in Assam
  • Politics of peace talk
  • Yubi Lakpi Manipur indigenous game: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 21 Oct : Govt of Manipur
  • Khundrakpam Babuchand : Sanagi Medal
  • Myanmar's 2020 Election: The Way Forward
  • On the brink of irrelevance ?
  • Breeding & Culture Unit at Gauhati Univ
  • Ahead of high level meeting
  • Langban Lam-Haiba at Andro #1: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 20 Oct : Govt of Manipur
  • The aftermath of Unlock - 2
  • Foundation Stone - Manipur Intl Univ Campus
  • Aesthetics of nature :: Poem
  • Let's talk about career
  • 'Signs of community spread'
  • Recommendation to Manipur Govt on COVID
  • COVID-19 Status 19 Oct : Govt of Manipur
  • Bhagyachandra Death Anniversary: Gallery
  • Samananda Yumnam : NEET 2020 topper
  • Resilience to minimise humanitarian crises
  • Shyam, Your Life, Is Sundarful
  • Manipur gi Ahanba Assembly Meepham
  • Partners in coalition Govt
  • Imphal valley from Tuikhang Aimol : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 18 Oct : Govt of Manipur
  • Indo-Naga Peace Talks : Discussion Report
  • My memories of Imphal from 1941 #3
  • 'Engage through dialogue, Refrain Violence'
  • Luminous :: Poem
  • Maya Rani Singh : NE Women Success Stories
  • Tough talk from Th Muivah
  • Nambul : The River that cries as it dies
  • COVID-19 Status 17 Oct : Govt of Manipur
  • Naga Peace parleys reach deadlock
  • Harassment of Women in Digital Space
  • Discussion : Indo-Naga Peace Talks
  • Women :: Poem
  • Kitchen ingredients to revive your hair
  • Prevalence of Domestic Violence in North East
  • COVID-19 Status 16 Oct : Govt of Manipur
  • Toll free tele-counselling for children
  • Protect our job seekers or prevent them
  • International Day of Rural Women 2020
  • Corona also kills English !
  • Webinar 'How to crack NEET [Medical]'
  • Rising number of deaths & infections
  • Downloadable Manipuri Calendar :: 2021
  • COVID-19 Status 15 Oct : Govt of Manipur
  • Chemistry Nobel Prize 2020
  • Prisoner Database Management Portal
  • Webinars: A step forward in Digital Revolution
  • My trusted friend :: Poem
  • On political acountability: Pandemic issues
  • Consultative meet sans NNPG, NSCN (IM)
  • Global Handwashing Day 2020
  • COVID-19 Status 14 Oct : Govt of Manipur
  • Looking at COVID-19 in Tamenglong
  • Groundwater TubeWell @Sinamkom : Gallery
  • 1st E/online mediation organised
  • Intl Day for Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Political Affairs Committee of NPCC
  • Projected figure of 25,000 by mid November
  • The Barefoot Legend Of India
  • COVID-19 Status 13 Oct : Govt of Manipur
  • Come by-election, COVID-19 lurking around
  • 'How to crack NEET [Medical entrance'
  • Discussion : Kuki Nationalism & Aspiration
  • To whom does it belong ? :: Poem
  • What is Plant Variety Right (PVR)?
  • High profile entry of two to BJP
  • The promised & present political scenario
  • Thang Ta @ JNMDA #2 : Gallery
  • Eyek Tamba :: Learn Manipuri script
  • For Pettigrew College in Ukhrul : An appeal
  • Tough Times Never Last But .. :: Review
  • MoU between IBSD, Imphal & Manipur Univ
  • Working with elderly as career
  • Channel wars heating up in glare of TV news
  • 100 pc : Absurdly high cut off
  • Wuyawon - flower @ Wuya Kachui : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 11 Oct : Govt of Manipur
  • My memories of Imphal from 1941 #2
  • Is GoM serious in building a peaceful state?
  • Fear :: Poem
  • Ice cubes for beauty
  • Training on mushroom cultivation
  • Don't deliver outside India quip
  • Evolving digital film culture in Manipur
  • COVID-19 Status 10 Oct : Govt of Manipur
  • Is NSU Conflict Sensitive ?
  • Mount Koubru: Lifeline of Saitu-Gamphazol
  • Devt & community aspiration : Chadong Case
  • The Short Stranger At Relationship :: Poem
  • Impact of Covid on Manipuri women
  • World Mental Health Day 2020
  • Thasi-Thanou, My Bipolar Mother
  • COVID-19 Status 09 Oct : Govt of Manipur
  • Raining jobs in Wangoi !
  • Admin/ Business Support @ R-Square Design
  • Father ? :: Poem
  • Agrarian reforms: Will they help farmers
  • Congratulates WFP on Nobel Peace Prize
  • Climbing death toll and infection
  • Imphal-Moreh Road & Landscape : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 08 Oct : Govt of Manipur
  • My memories of Imphal from 1941 #1
  • 'Jan Andolan' campaign : CM pledged [8 Oct]
  • 20 hrs refresher course on mediation
  • A memoir of good old days :: Poem
  • From bush war to politics of talks
  • Wildlife week: Raising awareness to children
  • COVID-19 Status 07 Oct : Govt of Manipur
  • International Day for Older Persons, 2020
  • Protection of Natural Resources at Molnoi
  • As I see the Invisibility :: Poem
  • Go-to-Village Mission and Job Plans
  • 'Dont levy fees from private school student'
  • Ugly stand off over NSU site
  • Ending the great Indian political farce
  • Dhol Chollom #1 : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 06 Oct : Govt of Manipur
  • Network marketing: good or bad ?
  • 9th AGM / Cultural Program of AMAND, Pune
  • Webinar on National Education Policy 2020
  • World Teachers' Day 2020
  • Whistle blown for five ACs
  • Banana Fest 2019, Longmai #2 : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 05 Oct : Govt of Manipur
  • 'May you be the mother of many sons...'
  • Dead leaves of December :: Poem
  • Assam Don Bosco Univ- 9th Convocation
  • Lecture : India-ASEAN Relations at NEHU
  • Monsoon nail trends
  • Ukhrul brutality
  • Desperate measures
  • A new look at Ta Khousaba
  • COVID-19 Status 04 Oct : Govt of Manipur
  • Trees planted - Licypriya birthday : Gallery
  • Elections during Pandemic
  • Journey that made me a School Master
  • Umeswari Barman: Success Stories from NE
  • Lakhs of trees for Licypriya birthday
  • September deadline has expired
  • Food items at Waithou Keithel #1 : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 03 Oct : Govt of Manipur
  • Anaemia Free Manipur Campaign : Gallery
  • Ode to Barak :: Poem
  • Myanmar visit by Foreign Secy & Army Chief
  • Why I do not support the BJP
  • 9th Convocation of Assam Don Bosco Univ
  • Covid: Heed local experts, not central politician
  • I.T Road - GoM neglected region ?
  • COVID-19 Status 02 Oct : Govt of Manipur
  • Gandhi Jayanti / Cleanliness Day : Gallery
  • What made China intrude in Eastern Ladakh
  • Please induct me as Minister
  • Is it my mind ? :: Poem
  • COVID Care Centre at Khuman Lampak
  • Unlock 2 on in Manipur
  • An apology to the event of Sept 21
  • Paddy field of Longa Koireng : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 01 Oct : Govt of Manipur
  • International Day of Non-Violence
  • Online refresher course on mediation
  • Tips for a healthy heart during COVID-19
  • Coffee cultivation in North-East
  • Irabot remembered on his 125th birthday
  • Unlock 5.0 : Unlocking the economy
  • Every day should be Hijam Irabot day
  • 124th Birth Anniv of Lamyanba Irabot : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 30 Sept : Govt of Manipur
  • Tracing how human & algae see light & colour
  • Opening of classes, desperate call of student
  • Training on mushroom at Salam Mayai Leikai
  • Dying while we live: Cry of our dying soul
  • The Future of Higher Education : Discussion
  • Wangjing Tentha, Lilong : Whistle blown
  • Uncertain future of ex-MLAs as ministers
  • How Irawat became a Marxist revolutionary
  • COVID-19 Status 29 Sept : Govt of Manipur
  • October Calendar for Year 2020 : Tools
  • Licypriya urges everyone to plant a tree
  • A roadblock to NEP 2020: Rote learning
  • Second online Lok Adalat of Manipur held
  • What lesson has Covid-19 taught us ?
  • Being the junior partner in Govt
  • Attracting tourists: few pointers..
  • Manipur Art Fest 2019 #3 : Gallery
  • Mushroom cultivation @Singjamei : Gallery
  • Ownership of mineral rights : A case study
  • My idea of justice
  • NPF Legislature meets with NEDA Convener
  • How to use glycerine on the face
  • Mantra of trace, test and treat
  • Criminalization of politics
  • Irrelevance of 66 MW Loktak Downstream HEP
  • Thangol adu maya thangu thouna hey lao-uba
  • Inauguration of Destination NE 2020 : Gallery
  • Programme on Irabot's Death Anniversary
  • RIST Popular Talk -45 : Quantum chaos
  • Salad days :: Poem
  • Last Day : Sangai Festival 2019 #2: Gallery
  • Irabot, one & only leader of oppressed mass
  • World Tourism Day 2020
  • COVID Care Centre @UNACCO #2: Gallery
  • Hijam Irawat : Irawat the Legend #3
  • We do not stop playing because we grow old
  • Swearing in @ Rajbhavan [24 Sep] : Gallery
  • Licypriya - Parliament to pass Climate Law
  • Hijam Irawat : Irawat the Legend #2
  • Petition to PM by farmers of Ningombam
  • Low ease of doing business in Manipur
  • My idea of justice
  • Offensive against party hopping
  • Politics is more than a game of numbers
  • RK Bikramjit (Flutist & Composer) : Gallery
  • Featured Front Page Photo 2020 #4: Gallery
  • Hijam Irawat : Irawat the Legend #1
  • Nurturing young minds amidst lockdown
  • Training on mushroom cultivation
  • A hot test in a Darjeeling lodge
  • Number games before reshuffle
  • Preserving biodiversity amidst uncertainty
  • Barak: Our economic & ecological security
  • Loan Distribution- Street Vendors : Gallery
  • Shirui Village, Shirui Hill, Ukhrul : Gallery
  • Tongjei Maril 1942: Bridle Path to Motor Road
  • Brahmacharimayum Roji: Actress #2 : eRang
  • COVID Care Centre @UNACCO #1: Gallery
  • Sirarakhong Hathei Phanit #3 : Gallery
  • Akhunba Takhellei #2 : Film scene :: eRang
  • 'Zehara' - Manipuri Movie :: eRang Classic