GANGTOK, Nov 16 - Sikkim Chief Minister PS Tamang today extended greetings to media persons on the National Press Day.
Terming the media as the fourth pillar of democracy, he said that the media keeps the readers and viewers aware of the latest happenings around them and also promotes transparency and accountability among public figures and the people.
�I really appreciate the hard work of our media, especially the reporters and camera persons, who tirelessly work on the ground and bring forth various news items,� Tamang said.
�In this age we have seen a considerable rise of the social media and news being consumed through mobile phones. I am sure that these advancements will further the reach of the media and make the media space even more democratic and participative,� he said.
The Chief Minister added, �We believe in complete independence of the press and media from external control. It is true that sometimes irresponsible journalism can have an adverse impact on social harmony, but censorship is not the answer.�
It is for the members of the fourth estate themselves to collectively ensure that objectivity is promoted and sensationalism is curbed, Tamang said. It is for them to introspect how best they can serve the nation and our society, and advance their wellbeing, he added.
Dimapur Correspondent adds: The press fraternity of Nagaland observed the National Press Day at the Directorate of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) office in Kohima on Saturday.
The event christened �Reporting � Interpretation: A Journey� was jointly organised by the DIPR, Kohima Press Club, Dimapur Press Club and Mokokchung Press Club.
Editor of the Heritage Publication Dr Asangla Tsudir, author and former journalist Charles Chasie, among others, spoke at a penal discussion, which was moderated by Nagaland Press Association president H Chishi. IPR director Limawati Ao delivered the welcome address.