GUWAHATI, June 23: Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi hailed the role of the smalls and medium newspapers in India in highlighting the core issues of the nation and disseminating them even in the far flung areas and keeping the people informed who would have been otherwise deprived of their right to know the happenings around the world.
Meeting a delegation of the Association at Raj Bhavan this evening, Mukhi lauded the small and medium newspapers of India in making the democracy strong by percolating the news and views down to the grass root level of the society. He however, acknowledged various problems being faced by the small and medium newspapers in the country and confided that with unified efforts the problems can be resolved to a great extent. He also requested the members of the Association to influence the small and medium newspapers to become the ‘voice of the voiceless’ and concentrate more on development communication so that small and medium newspapers can be used as a tool to set agenda for the societal issues and find answers to them. The Governor at the same time requested the Association to influence the small and medium newspaper owners to profess neutrality and objective reporting.
The Association also apprised the Governor about various problems that small and medium newspapers face and sought his intervention to solve the problems. The association members also stated the role and position of the small and medium newspapers in the country to the Governor. It is to be noted that the Association of Small and Medium Newspapers of India is an association of the owners of small and medium newspapers of India which is recognised by the Press Council of India. The 22-member delegation was led by its President KD Chandola.