IMPHAL, Nov 27: Press and Media persons have no enemies or friends. We are Fourth Estate of democracy and work for the development of state and society said W Shyamjai, ex-president of All Manipur Working Journalist Union while addressing the celebration of the 8th foundation of Image (Insat Mass-Media and Global Entertainment) TV today held at Kakching Mayai Leikai Multipurpose Community hall.
He further said the press and media persons of the state today face number of problems from both the government and the various militant outfits of the state. In the face of such disturbances the media is unable to perform their duties freely or move independently without fear.
Shyamjai requested all concerned not to give any disturbances to the media and instead make media persons their friends.
Chief guest of the function MLA Y Surchandra Singh also said the 21st century is the era of information and technology revolution.
He said India is also a leading player in the IT sector therefore whatever happens in world, whether good or bad, becomes known at the click of a mouse on the computer or other devices.
The thanks for this will have to go to the development of in media technologies around the world, he added. He said with the development of press comes the developed the society automatically.
He said if the people of state encourage media persons and give suggestion on what to write in order to promote development, the news will reach the ears of the government much more quickly.
Introducing IMAGE TV Kakching, editor Uttam Naorem said that in Kakching there are two cable networks one Town Cable and another Saya Cable and in the year 2003 the two cable network merged and formed this IMAGE TV Kakching.
He further said at first the Image TV was not able to broadcast news items and had to do with some entertainment and local programme. However thanks to support of local public, news broadcast has become possible for some years.
At present the cable network is entertaining about 36 channels including a few local channels. It has a staff-strength of 27 including correspondents he added.
It may be mentioned that after ISTV network in Imphal, the IMAGE TV Kakching is second servicing in valley area of the state.
Also present at the function were MLA Wabagai Dr. U Deven Singh and Addl Sp Kakching, SDPO Dhanashyam.
Gifts were also distributed to the reporters and staff as well as to customers of the TV network.
The celebration was rounded off with cultural programmes and a big feast.