Social media is on the rise in the present world, providing everything to nothing, and has given rise to much-needless attention and a rake of fake news, placing the audience in a dilemma to believe and yet not believe any news they come across.
The above was stated by AMWJU president W Shyamjai during the annual “Meet the Media Fraternity” event organised by the Democratic Students’ Alliance of Manipur (DESAM) on Saturday at its head office in Kwakeithel, Imphal West.
The rapid increase in the number of citizen journalists with no authorisation from DIPR is spreading news in social media, he said adding while being a good informer to the public, there are a lot of instances of circulating fake news and “unrequired” information.
“In fact, journalists are the bridge that connects the public to the government,” the AMWJU president added.
He said, in a population of about 32 lakhs, the population of the media community in the state is less than 500. Despite the efforts and dedication of the various media houses in the state, there is no one who stands with the media in times of crisis, he contended.
Shyamjai maintained that with more young professional journalists stepping into this field and support from everyone, there will be remarkable change and development in every possible sector.
President of DESAM Leishangthem Leishemba while speaking on the occasion said, “the people of the state owe the media community a big time”.
He said, the media of the state has always played a big role in educating the people of the state and has always been a wake-up call for the people.
Appealing to the media of the state to maintain indigenous and traditional aesthetics while promoting or advertising for any multinational or national companies, he explained that such will help in preserving and promoting the indignity of Manipur.
During the programme, journalists from various media houses of the state were felicitated by DESAM.