Local media forms federation to voice dissent against administration

Report by: 
ROOPA LALL
Port Blair
7 Oct 2017

Enraged after being sidelined by the administration during the visit of senior Union Ministers to these islands, members from the local media fraternity formed a federation on Saturday to register their protest. At a meeting held in the Media Room of the Information, Publicity and Tourism Directorate, Mr K Ganeshan, Chief Editor of Andaman Express, was unanimously elected convener of the federation christened Andaman and Nicobar Media Federation. Mr Shyam Singh Yadav of Dweep Manthan, Mr Uday Shankar Singh of India News were selected vice conveners, while Mr Abdul Sajid, bureau chief of JK24x7 News and UT Independent and Mohammed Rafique of People’s View were elected members of the federation. 
Flaying the last cancellation of the media interaction event with the visiting Ministers, the federation resolved to take up the issue with the concerned authority in the administration. “History was created during the visit of the Ministers when foundation stones for a series of infrastructure projects worth investment of crores were laid. But the Information and Publicity Division failed miserably to involve the local media houses for adequate publicity of the functions. While the Narendra Modi government is striving to develop the remote Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the administration here is practicing discrimination against the local media. Neither, the local media were allowed to interact with the Union Ministers nor any arrangements were made for the coverage of their visit to Diglipur and Baratang. On the contrary, conveyance was arranged for official media organs like The Daily Telegrams, AIR and DDK. While some local journalists have been accused of misbehaving with senior officials during public functions and press conference, genuine publications are made to pay the cost for the same,” added Mr Ganeshan.