Shillong: The National Press Day 2020 was celebrated in Shillong, with the theme “Role of Media during the COVID-19 Pandemic and its Impact on Media.”
The function was organised by the Shillong Press Club and supported by the Directorate of Information and Public Relations, Meghalaya in which Minister of Information and Public Relations James Sangma attended the programme as the Chief Guest.
The programme was also attended by Secretary, Information and Public Relations Department M War Nongbri, Director, Information and Public Relation BS Sohliya, President, Meghalaya Editors and Publishers Association RM Shabong, President, Shillong Press Club David Laitphlang, Dr Chayanika Sarma, Consultant Psychiatrist, Supercare Hospital, Shillong and members of press fraternity.
Addressing the gathering virtually from New Delhi, Sangma said that an independent press is an integral element of democracy and it is a key stakeholder in every form of government by its duty to inform, communicate, educate and engage the public for sustainable development and social unification. “That is why, we all know, it is the fourth pillar of democracy”, added Sangma.
Congratulating and acknowledging the immense contribution made by the media in these difficult and uncertain times in providing accurate information to the public by risking their lives during this global pandemic, Sangma underscores 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 “Role of Media during the COVID-19 Pandemic and its Impact on Media” held at New Delhi.