ITANAGAR, Aug 22 � Describing media as the �lifeline� of the nation, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today suggested that like in any other profession, the media � both print and electronic needed to have a certain code of ethics or guidelines to follow.
�Like in any other profession, like law or medicine, the media also needed to have a code of ethics or guidelines on what was right or wrong. In the case of lawyers and doctors, there are clear codes of ethics, and anyone who violates the code can be punished, or removed from the profession. But in the case of the mass media there are only a few guidelines and no strict code of conduct.
To keep the fair name of the profession, the media practitioners need to follow certain ethical codes like accuracy, right to privacy, no incitement to violence, no vulgarity or obscenity and no communal writing,� stated Tuki while launching a new English daily The Arunachal Pioneer in Itanagar on Wednesday.
Recounting the history of mass media in the State, Tuki said, �Those were the days of the spoken word. We only depended on each other, gossip around the fireplace and the radio for news and information. The times have changed. Today we have seven newspapers publishing from Itanagar. �I believe with the addition of another member today, the fourth pillar of democracy in our state has grown stronger.�
Referring to the vandalism at The Arunachal Times office and the recent attack on senior lady journalist Tongam Rina, the Chief Minister said violence in any form would not be tolerated.
�For the umpteenth time I personally condemn the incidents in harshest terms. These are acts of cowardice and against all humanly possible ethics and imagination,� he said.
He said that those involved in the vandalism have been arrested and assured that those responsible for the attack on Rina would not go scot-free.
The launching ceremony was also attended by Parliamentary Secretary for RWD, Supply & Transport Kumar Waii as guest of honour, Tourism Director AK Singh and IPR Director Leki Phuntso as special guests, invitees and media persons.
On the occasion, the newly launched daily also felicitated senior media persons Pradeep Kumar of Arunachal Front, V Ravindran of Dawnlit Post, Tongam Rina, president of the Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists, Taba Ajum, president of the Arunachal Press Club and Taro Chatung, the pioneer of electronic media of the State.