Journalists discuss Covid’s impact on profession

Gangtok, 23 Nov:

A workshop to discuss the “Impact of COVID-19 on Journalism” and “Ending Impunity of Crime Against Journalists” was organized by Journalists Union of Sikkim [JUS] here on Monday. The workshop was attended by journalists from print and digital media houses of the State.

Speaking on the theme of the workshop, Associate Editor, Sikkim Express, Bijoy Gurung, highlighted the effect of the lockdown on journalism and journalists in the State.

He added that journalists also need to be ready to face post-COVID challenges in the coming days in how they carry on their work.

He shared that media houses in the State have faced the lockdown period as a big challenge and suggested that JUS look out for those journalists who might have lost their jobs due to the lockdown.

JUS president, Bhim Rawat, spoke on the aim and objectives of the workshop, while JUS coordinator, Dichen Ongmu Bhutia, detailed various activities undertaken by JUS with special focus on projects given by the Indian Journalist Union to Sikkim.

Likewise, Pradip Lohagun, Kabita Sharma, Arpan Pradhan, Sagar Chhetri, Nita Nirash and Parijat Sharma spoke on issues and problems faced by journalists during the lockdown and shared suggestions.

Similarly, Shekhar Khawas and Bishal Gurung shared their experience of novel coronavirus infections in their families.

The workshop unanimously resolved to publish a booklet recording the experience of journalists, especially those who worked during the COVID-19 period. The task has been handed over to Bijoy Gurung and Pradip Lohagun who will be supported by the president, Bhim Rawat and general secretary Sujal Pradhan.

It was also decided that JUS will support a rehabilitation centre at Chuhatar, Singtam by helping establish a library there.