JFA condemns bomb threats to Manipur editors
Guwahati, February 28, 2017
Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) has expressed serious concern over the bomb threats to two Manipur editors. The JFA condemns the militants for their misdeeds and argues that targeting media persons by triggering explosions would not serve any purpose, ‘rather it will complicate the situation’.
Local media reports from the Manipur capital city narrated that a bomb explosion took place in front of the residences of Hueiyen Lanpao newspaper editor H Ningomba and ISTV news channel editor B Ningomba in Imphal on Sunday evening. Later, the Manipur police also recovered a live bomb from the same locality.
Manipur goes to polls in two phases on March 4 and 8 for its 60-seat Assembly. Like various separatist militant groups of northeast India, the Manipur-based rebels also oppose the election in their State as they argue that the electoral exercise is nothing but a symbol of ‘Indian domination’ in Manipur.
“We urge the State police to look into the matter of security for media persons so that they can perform their duty without any fear and trepidation,” said JFA president Rupam Barua adding, “At the same time, we want to request a section of Manipur journalists, who always prefer to glorify the militants to rethink their approach towards the rebels as they deserve only condemnations for dastardly acts time and again.”
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This Press Release was posted on March 1 2017
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