GUWAHATI, June 24 - Governor Prof Jagdish Mukhi has hailed the role of small and medium newspapers in India in highlighting the core issues of the nation and disseminating them even in far-flung areas and keeping the people informed who would have been otherwise deprived of their right to know the happenings around the world.
Meeting a delegation of the association at the Raj Bhavan last evening, the Governor lauded the small and medium newspapers of India in making the country�s democracy strong by percolating the news and views down to the grassroots level of society, a Raj Bhavan statement said.
He, however, acknowledged the various problems being faced by the small and medium newspapers in the country and said that with unified efforts, the problems can be resolved to a great extent. He also requested the members of the association to influence the small and medium newspapers to become the �voice of the voiceless� and concentrate more on development communication so that small and medium newspapers can be used as a tool to set the agenda for societal issues and find answers to them.
The Governor, at the same time, requested the association to influence the small and medium newspaper owners to profess neutrality and objective reporting.
The association also apprised the Governor of various problems that small and medium newspapers face and sought his intervention to solve the problems. The association members also stated the role and position of the small and medium newspapers in the country to the Governor.
The Association of Small and Medium Newspapers of India is an association of the owners of small and medium newspapers of India which is recognised by the Press Council of India. The 22-member delegation was led by its president, KD Chandola.