Thursday, June 1, 2023

Media houses cease work in Mnp

Correspondent

Newspapers failed to hit the stands in Manipur on Tuesday after journalists went on cease work strike following a fresh diktat from two factions of an armed rebel outfit interfering in the affairs of a prominent student body.
The newspapers suspended publications following a decision taken in an emergency joint meeting of the All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union (AMWJU) and Editors’ Guild Manipur (EGM) convened on Monday afternoon.
Local cable networks had already suspended broadcasting news from Monday evening, following the decision.
Sources said that media houses in Imphal have been under pressure over entertaining press releases issued by an internal conflict ridden student body.
The matter became complicated following interference by the factions of a rebel outfit and media houses were pressured to obey their diktats.
Since the internal conflict within the student body surfaced, majority of the media houses avoided publication of press releases related to the internal conflict.
However, the situation worsened after the media houses were threatened of attack by both factions of the rebel outfit for not obeying their diktat.
An emergency joint meeting of the All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union (AMWJU) and Editors’ Guild Manipur (EGM) convened at Manipur Press Club, Imphal on Monday evening resolved to suspend publication of newspapers indefinitely.
A joint emergency general body meeting of All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union (AMWJU), Editors’ Guild Manipur (EGM) and Manipur Hill Journalists’ Union (MHJU) convened today at Manipur Press Club, Imphal, after a thorough deliberation on the issue, reaffirmed the decision by the emergency meeting of the AMWJU and EGM.
The general body meeting decided to convene a meeting today (Wednesday) with major civil society organizations (CSOs) and deliberated on the issue.
Whether the publication of newspapers will resumed or not is likely to be decided after the meeting.
Ahead of the meeting, the scribes have decided to stage a sit-in-protest in Imphal from 9 am till 2 pm denouncing the pressure and threats to the media houses, AMWJU informed its members, in a circular.
This is not the first time newspapers failed to hit the stand due to pressures and threats to media houses and scribes from the non-actors.

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