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SIGNIS National Seminar 2018 on Media held

By Fr. Johnson Parackal
Former Governor of Meghalaya Shri Ranjit Shekhar Mushahary inaugurating the workshop on Media at Don Bosco Institute on 21st February 2018.
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Guwahati, Feb. 22. Signis India organizes a three-day National Assembly on Media with the theme, ''Media: Current Trends and Emerging Challenges'' at Don Bosco Institute, Guwahati from 21st to 23rd February, 2018.
A spectacular inaugural event marked the threshold of a three-day long assembly which will witness many eminent media persons presenting their views on the theme. Prominent among the dignitaries present at the function were His Excellency Shri. Ranjit Shekhar Mushahary, the former governor of Meghalaya, George Palliparambil, Bishop of Miao and the Chairman, Signis Northeast; Mr. Sunil Lucas, the National President of Signis India, Stephen, the Bishop of Aizwal, Thomas Menamparampil, the Archbishop Emeritus of Guwahati Arch-diocese,  Father V.M. Thomas, the Provincial of Guwahati Province and Father Johnson Parackal, the Executive Director of DBI, besides the office bearers and governing body members of Signis India and media personnel from across the various states of India.

Delivering his inaugural speech, the chief guest Shri. Mooshahary said that the Media today is more obsessed with only negative aspects and seldom highlighting the many good aspects of the society. He said ''We can never control the media as it has become the First Estate today and certainly more influential. But we can minimize the impact of it in our lives if we are careful....he Media is full of activity and the more the active they are, the more the conflict they create'', he added. He advocated everyone to have better and balanced approach to accept the truth objectively and reject what is false.

George Palliparampil, the Chairman of Signis India, while addressing the gathering, said,  ''Any attempt of finding fault with the Media of today or with the young people who are immersed in it is not going to change the situation, but we can only reduce the impact of it''. ''Our challenge is not to focus on challenging the media that has gone one way, but the one point agenda that we need to focus on is what we can offer to make the blind see, the deaf, hear, the lame walk and the poor have the good news given to them. If all our efforts are focused on these the world will be a safe place to live in'', he hoped.

In his address, Mr. Lucas, the National President of Signis India gave a briefing on Signis- the world catholic association for communication and the only media organization for communicators recognized by the Church. It is the network for media professionals, media students and media experts. Being the National president, he took the opportunity to declare the seminar open by saying, ''It is my proud privilege to declare the Signis India National Assembly-2018 open''. Considering the huge talent that the region has, he has also invited the youth to join the organization.  

Father V.M Thomas, the Provincial presented his views on the new trends presented by media in the new era of information which is so rapid and alarming. As more than 50% of the world's population have taken to social media, today, according to him, ''one special trend that has emerged is spreading of fake news'' which leaves a lot of negative impacts in our lives. ''We do everything possible to avoid being in the present and look for anything that is more exciting and sensational. We have entered an era of post truth and we are struggling to understand what is true and fake'', he added.

After the inaugural ceremony, the participants preceded for the key deliberations of the National Assembly, which will conclude on 23rd February, 2018.



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