Mizoram Journalists' Association celebrates Golden Jubilee

Aizawl, 24 March (zoramnews): Mizoram Journalists' Association (MJA), an umbrella body of all working journalists in the state, turned 50 years on Thursday.

The lone scribe body in the state held a grand celebration of its 50 years of existence (golden jubilee) with chief minister Zoramthanga gracing the event held at Dawrpui Multipurpose auditorium in Aizawl.


The golden jubilee celebration began on January 9 with a jubilee torch lighting programme across the state.

Speaking on the occasion, Zoramthanga, who graced as chief guest, announced that his government would soon introduce a pension scheme to benefit scribes in the state. The proposed pension scheme for journalists is under process, he said.

He said that his government is giving priority to the welfare of journalists and has been making massive efforts to promote them in all possible ways.

Lauding the journalists as exposure of Mizoram's picture, the chief minister said the scribes play an important role in showing the right path and amending the government.

They also have a big responsibility in exposing the culture and society of the state.

"The picture of Mizoram- its society, culture, religion and the people may appear good or bad depending on how the journalists present it through their writings," Zoramthanga said.

He added that the scribes should focus on constructive journalism to educate the people because misuse use of media can give rise to hatred between neighbourhoods, villages and countries.

The chief minister further congratulated the scribe body on attaining 50 years.

The event was also graced by state information and public relations minister Lalruatkima and information and public relations department director Lallianpuii.

The association will hold a general assembly on Thursday to elect new office bearers. MJA was established on March 23, 1972 with Lal Thanhawla as president and C Chhunbura, editor of Hmar Arsi as the vice president.

The first MJA treasurer was Lalbuaia (Mizo Arsi) while RK Pautu (correspondent, Times of India) was the first secretary-general. Lal Thanhawla held the president post for three-term from 1972 to 1977.

There are now 193 members under MJA across the state.

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