Shillong Mar 23: The Shillong Press Club on Monday announced suspension of all press conferences and press meets in view of the spread of Coronavirus, while also implementing various procedures to protect its members from the pandemic.
“In the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Shillong Press Club’s executive committee in an emergent meeting has decided to implement the following procedures to protect its members from the pandemic,” a statement issued by President, David Laitphlang and general secretary, Powell Sohkhlet said on Monday.
The statement stated all press meets/conferences etc. at the Shillong Press Club premises would discontinue with immediate effect until further notice.
“Members are advised to refrain from attending any press conferences called by any individual/organization for the time being. Anyone wishing to disseminate information to the public through the media is requested to do so via statements/video clips through email/Whatsapp to respective journalists/media houses,” the statement said.
Urging the State Government to share information/news etc. through the state IPR machinery in a time bound manner for effective dissemination, the SPC requested the State government to also appoint nodal officer(s) as spokesperson/s on its behalf on matters related to COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
The Shillong Press Club also requests media houses to introduce safe and sanitized working conditions for its employees including those in the news room, printing press and other working areas.
The Shillong Press Club also advises its members who can adopt the WFH (Work from Home) practice, to do so in their own interest and well being. Members are also advised to practice social distancing and proper hygiene while discharging their professional duties and encourage others also to do so.
“The Shillong Press Club wishes each and every member of the fraternity the very best through these trying times while urging all to stay safe and healthy,” the statement added.