Imphal, Nov 16 (UNI) National Press day was observed in Manipur today through various programmes.
A seminar on media as people's voice 'pre and post Independence' was organized by the information department and the all Manipur Journalists' Union at the Press Club here.
Information Minister T N Haokip speaking during the function said it was not possible to have a vibrant democracy without a free press.
The media should pay attention to the development of the people as poverty breeds anti-social elements, he added. Mr N. Loken, MLA, however, said undue pressure should not be put on the press from any quarter.
Prof. Ksh Bimola of Manipur University said the level of development was determined by the status of women in the society and the media should play an active role in it, she said.
Mr I Arun, editor of a local newspaper said the media should combat old norms, habits and thinking patterns and educate the people by giving suitable information.
The new media was debating on liberalization, globalization, 'Look East' policy and the revivalist tendencies often lead to confrontation with the media, he opined.