Or, why does the media give so little space to this vast region?
The Foundation for Media Professionals (FMP), in association with the Nehru Memorial Museum & Library (NMML), invites interested individuals to a panel discussion on whether the mainstream media is neglecting the North East at the nation’s peril.
Date: March 31, 2010 (Wednesday)
Time: 10.30 am to 1.00 pm
Venue: Auditorium, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Teen Murti House, New Delhi
Topic: North East – Fallen off the Media Map?
The panelists have been specially chosen to bring out the diversity of the North East:
- Subir Bhaumik, BBC Eastern India Correspondent and Author of “Troubled Periphery”
- Geoffrey Yaden: Owner-Editor, Nagaland Post
- Pradip Phanjoubam: Owner-Editor, Imphal Free Press
- R S Pandey, Former Chief Secretary, Nagaland
- Syed Zarir Hussain, Managing Editor, News Live, Assam
- Dibang, former Managing Editor, NDTV India
- Moderator: Sevanti Ninan, Editor, Thehoot.org, a media watch website
The issue at focus would revolve around questions such as does the media contribute to the isolation of the states lumped together as the North East, and to their exclusion from the mainstream discourse? Would reporters in Delhi or Bombay be able to even name the capitals of all these states if asked? How much news space do all the NE states together average in newspapers across the country, compared to the coverage given to Kashmir?