Shillong, Nov 16: Along with the rest of the country, the National Press Day 2020 was also celebrated today at ShillongÂ on the theme â€œRole of Media during the Covid-19 Pandemic and its Impact on Mediaâ€.
Addressing the gathering virtually from New Delhi, Information and Public Relations Minister, James Sangma said that anÂ independent press is an integral element of democracy and it is a key stakeholder in every form of government by virtue of its duty to inform, communicate, educate and engage the public for the purpose of sustainable development and social unification. â€œThat is why, we all know, it is the fourth pillar of democracyâ€, added Sangma.
Congratulating and acknowledging the immense contribution made by Â the media in these difficult and uncertain times in providing accurate information to the public by risking their lives during this global pandemic, Sangma underscored the importance of the media in providing reliable and accurate information about Covid-19 pandemic.
Stating that government has always believed that the media is its accountability partner to serve the people and the state for sustainable and responsible development, Sangma urged the media to adhere to the highest standards of journalistic integrity.
Later, the members of the media join the webinar organised by the Press Council of India, New Delhi on the theme â€œRole of Media during the Covid-19 Pandemic and its Impact on Mediaâ€ held at New Delhi.
The function was organised by the Shillong Press Club and supported by the Directorate of Information and Public Relations, Meghalaya.
The programme was also attended M. War Nongbri, Secretary, Information and Public Relations Department,Â B. S. Sohliya, Director, Information and Public Relations, R. M. Shabong, President, Meghalaya Editors and Publishers Association, David Laitphlang, President, Shillong Press Club, Dr. Chayanika Sarma, Consultant Psychiatrist, Supercare Hospital, Shillong and members of press fraternity.