Women journalists discuss challenges faced in northeast

March 22nd, 2009 - 8:17 pm ICT by ANI  

By: L. C. K. Singh Imphal, Mar. 22 (ANI): The seventh annual conference of the National Network in Media, India (or NWMI) was held here to provide a glimpse into lives of women journalists who brave numerous difficulties in covering conflict issues. Salma Shah and Satyamala Devi are two such Manipur based journalists, who have been highlighting the issues and problems affecting the State. This is really complicated being in a state like Manipur and handling all this situation by women in Manipur. Its really complicated, Shah said. We are facing lots of problems because of the law and order situation and especially we have lots of crime and all, physically also it is not nice. In that way, women are facing lots of problems, Devi reiterated. During the annual conference of National Network in Media, seventy women journalists from across the country participated. We can show the rich culture that we have in Manipur and also highlight the problems that we face here and we feel that when our friends go back home, they will be more sensitive to problems and issues that exist in Manipur, Anjulika Devi, Coordinator of NWMI. There were interaction programmes on myriad issues between editors and journalists of the local dailies with NWMI members who came from different parts of the country. Its truly amazing. In bigger cities like Delhi and Mumbai where we work, our interpretation of challenges and risk are totally different from your interpretation of challenges and risk we take up. If I am to compare the work journalist in northeast are doing, its minuscule, its hardly 10% of the work you are doing here, said Alifia Khan, senior correspondent of Hindustan Times. NWMI is a national network is a forum for women media professionals to share information, resources, exchange ideas, promote media awareness, ethics, and work for gender equality and justice within the media and society. Such conferences initiated by journalists can act as catalysts in bringing about positive changes in the region. (ANI)

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