Media boom in Nagaland

January 6th, 2008 - 7:31 pm ICT by admin  

By Vibou Ganguly
Kohima, Jan 6 (ANI): Nagaland has witnessed a media boom with a rise in number of English and regional language newspapers being taken out from the insurgency-hit state in the last few years.
Analysts describe this as a dynamic development, which is an indication of vibrant and robust democracy.
The rising level of literacy rate in the State has brought about a change in the political situation and with the smooth functioning of democracy and relative peace since 1997, the younger generation got an excellent opportunity to excel in the field of media.
Geoffrey Yaden, the editor of The Nagaland Post, one of the first English newspapers to be published in the State, appreciates the growth of the media.
Yaden said through their daily they brought a great deal of awareness among the people about the importance of peace.
“We can also see the positive growth of media and this growth will definitely help in bringing about a change in people’s perception. That alone I think will play a very important role towards our future,” Yaden said.
The number of English newspapers published from the State has gone up to six. They include Nagaland Page, Eastern Mirror and Morung Express.
Analysts say that the media has scope to further expand in the Northeastern State.
“It’s the wonder of peace in the State and achievement of democracy that people are finding a proper platform to express their views and ideas,” said Morung Express Publisher and MD Akum Longchari.
Longchari says that the industry has given scope to the educated people to find another field for employment and creative experiment.
“The media is the voice of society. It strengthens the democracy,” said Longchari.
Longchari said: “What we have now is only the succession of arm confrontation, but not peace itself. So, hopefully the media will play a more active role by just not educating the people, but also empowering the people to not only focus on ceasefire, which is a temporary means, but on the aggressive issues for the establishment of peace.”
However, some journalists feel that the media in the State works under pressure.
“Unlike other states in the country, media in Nagaland is quite under pressure. We can’t say it is a free media, because we continuously work under the pressure of different organisations,” said Dilip Sharma, Assistant Editor, Nagaland Page.
Along with English newspapers, regional language newspapers have also come to flourish in the State.
A few journalists feel that despite the newspapers in Nagaland lacking technological advancement compared to the national dailies, they are playing a greater role in stabilising peace in the State.
Vilasielie Nakhro, the editor of the Tenyi Ralha, a regional language daily, said: “The role of a free press is just like a lifeline of the society.”
Narain Sagar, a local journalist, said: “Media is gaining the momentum particularly in last the four to five years. Media has gained importance from all quarters, even from the government, who acknowledges the efficiency of media.” (ANI)

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