Any media organization is free to start its operations in Punjab: Captain Amrinder Singh
“Print Media faces new challenges as the social media picks up with changing times” said Capt. Amrinder Singh, Chief Minister, Punjab. He was speaking during the inauguration ceremony of the National Meet of The confederation of the Newspapers and News Agencies Employees Organization at Chandigarh University, Gharuan. While addressing the journalists Capt. Amrinder said, “Common man holds full faith in what is being reported by newspaper, so it is important for the journalist to be fair and transparent to its readers as the newspaper still holds its relevance in getting in depth analysis of the stories and events as they occur”.
Speaking on the security issues of the media persons, CM said, “Anyone should be free to report a news story in media & threats to journalists is not at all acceptable in any case”. The person involved in anti-social and anti-national activities by committing something wrong should actually have a fear of being reported by the media, while a socially ethical person has no reason to be afraid of and hence involved in issuing threats to media persons” added Punjab Chief Minster. While rolling out red carpet to media houses, Capt. Amrinder Singh said, “Any media organization is open and free to establish its operations in the state without any restrictions as imposed by the previous government”. The chief minister ensured that the State Government will provide speedy approvals and will extend every possible support to the media organization, willing to establish their base in Punjab.
Journalists from more than 22 states are taking part during the 2 day National Meet to discuss on the critical issue of “Freedom of Press & Security of Journalists”. The chief minister also released ‘The Souvenir’ of the confederation of the Newspapers and News Agencies Employees Organization on the occasion. Other dignitaries who also attended the National Meet included Sh. Anil Kumar Gupta, Senior Journalist, Balwinder Singh Jammu, Senior Punjabi Journalist, M.S Yadav, General Secretary, The Confederation, Raveen Thukral, Media Advisor to CM, Rashpal Singh Dhaliwal, President, Chandigarh Group of Colleges, and Balbir Sidhu, MLA, Mohali.