Imphal, 23 December 2017 ( Evening News ) : Congress MLA Khumukcham Joykisan today lauded the role of media persons in the society. He said it will not be an exaggeration to say that journalists are the ones who work the most for the welfare of the people. The MLA was speaking at the death anniversary observance of Thangjam Dwijamani @ Nanao, a video journalist who was shot dead by Manipur Police while covering a violent incident in 2012. He said interference in the professional duties of journalists and burning of newspapers have portrayed Manipur like a undemocratic state. Joykisan lauded media persons for disseminating news on development and various issues in the state. Family members of Dwijamani, AMWJU members, journalists from different print and electronic media offered floral tribute to the late journalist at his memorial at Thangemiband Cheirao Ching since early morning.
Later Joykisan visited Ch. Netraj, a journalist of Ichel Express who is now undergoing treatment at Shija Hospital and extended financial help to him. Joykisan said he was extending help to Netraj as a mark of respect to journalists. He told media persons that the decision to submit the resolution of the assembly to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to protect the integrity of the state is not enough. Joykishan maintained MLAs led by the Chief Minister must meet the Prime Minister at the centre to get assurance that integrity of the state will be protected. He termed it unfortunate that no ruling MLAs raised the issue of protection of indigenous people in the Assembly. He said people might have suspended their agaitation for the IPL bill as they have now realised that the state govt will not pass the bill. Joykishan once reiterated the stand of the Congress Party to protect the territorial integrity of Manipur.