Media growing strong in Mizoram

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Aizawl, Nov 18 (UNI) Media in Mizoram seems to serve best as the people's voice, said Lenlaini, editor of a daily in the state, on National Press Day.

While presenting a paper on the occasion yesterday, Mr Lenlaini lauded the strong cooperation of the state information and public relations department and private media.

''Such closeness is rare in other states of India,'' he stated.

Talking about the evolution of media, Mr Lenlaini informed that the first Mizo hand-written journal 'Mizo Chanchin Laisuih' came out 1898 four years before the introduction of Mizo alphabet by the European missionaries in 1894.

After that came out a regular monthly magazine 'Mizo leh Vai Chanchinbu' in 1902. However, an organ of the Mizoram Presbyterian Church, Kristian Tlangau, founded in October 1911, is the oldest surviving journal in Mizoram.

With 89 per cent literacy rate, the state has 83 daily newspapers of which 29 are published from the state capital. Besides, there are 16 cable TVs and 15 periodicals.

Unlike other national and regional newspapers where the edit page is mainly dedicated for prominent writers, the common man in the state is given opportunity to publish their articles on the front page.

However, mediapersons working for print journalism lamented that with growing number of TV channels, which provide the viewers to participate in several talk shows, the 'Letter's to Editor' column is losing its ground.

''We must encourage our people to write letters to editor as in the past such letters were very effective in making reforms and rectifications in the government department,'' they stressed.

UNI

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