MP backs demand to down shutters of the Daily Telegrams

Isles journalists celebrate National Press Day 2017 with gusto
Report by: 
ROOPA LALL
Port Blair
17 Nov 2017

Journalists from different publications here celebrated the National Press Day  at a prominent hotel in the city on Thursday. The Member of Parliament, Mr Bishnu Pada Ray, was the chief guest of the function organised by Andaman and Nicobar Media Federation.
In his address to mediapersons, Mr Ray reiterated his support to the local media and flayed the Information and Publicity Division of the Andaman and Nicobar Administration for its inaction towards fulfilling the genuine demands of journalists. “The local media here has been long suffering the apathy of the local administration and their demands have remained unattended. I will raise the issues of the local media in the Parliament if the administration fails to act in time,” said Mr Ray.
The Member of Parliament also urged the local media persons to organise a non-stop campaign to shut down government newspaper which is misleading the general public here and if The Daily Telegrams is shut down, local private media will be able to survive and this will also generate employment opportunities.  He further said that the issues regarding government-run newspaper and problems being faced by local media will be raised by him in next Parliament session. He suggested journalists to move their grievances in Public Grievances Committee of Parliament and assured to forward the grievances from his office. Mr Ray also urged local media persons to constitute a team and assured them to take to New Delhi to enable them interact directly with the Information and Broadcasting Minister and the Prime Minister to place their grievances
Coming down heavily on the Director of Information, Publicity and Tourism, the Chief Editor of The Andaman Express, Mr K Ganeshan, said that indifference of the top officials of the IP Division has forced us to boycott the National Press Day celebration hosted by the administration this year. “The department has miserably failed to initiate steps to fulfil our long-pending demands viz payment of outstanding advertisement bills, increase in quantum of govt. advertisements and hike in advertisement rates, appointment of an official spokesperson etc.” 
The Editor of Arthik Lipi, Mr Asish Laha urged reporters and correspondents to focus on impartial and balanced reporting, while Editor of Andaman Chronicle, Mr Denis Giles termed the constitution of Andaman and Nicobar Media Federation as a historic step towards welfare of local scribes. 
The Editor of Andaman Sheekha, Mr Sanjib Kumar Roy and Mr Anadiranjan Biswas of News Spotlight slammed the administration for depriving local journalists of various benefits which are extended to their counterparts in mainland. “Like in other parts of the country, the local administration should also formulate welfare schemes and extend medical benefits for the journalists here,” they said.