Imphal, Oct 10 (UNI) : The All Manipur Working Journalists Union (AMWJU) today demanded action against the Director General of Police, Manipur, Y. Joykumar Singh for allegedly detaining editors and members of the Union and forcing them to reveal the names of those who informed about the news of illegal activities of police personnel.
The AMWJU and the Editors today held a meeting to discuss the issue and resolved five points. Firstly the meeting condemned the detention of journalists and forcing them to reveal the sources of a news. The meeting demanded that the DGP should tender unconditional apology by Oct 14. The meeting noted that the protector of law of the land would had been appreciated if the DGP had tried to know the details of the sources legally.
Some newspapers of Manipur had published a news item linking police personnel to illegal smuggling of urea to Myanmar. The DGP invited the Editors for a meeting today and forced them to call the reporters who wrote the news and asked the reporters about the news item. The meeting strongly opposed the questioning of the reporters.
The DGP should be held responsible if anything happens to the reporters.
After questioning the reporters and taking their statements the DGP called the police and Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) personnel and found that the reports were correct. The meeting noted that all would have appreciated the DGP if he had conducted an enquiry into the conduct of his personnel and took action accordingly rather than forcing the journalists to give details of the story.
Democracy and freedom of the press can not be protected if Mr. Joykumar continues to serve as the DGP hence the meeting decided to urge the Chief Minister, O Ibobi Singh to transfer the DGP. If the CM who also holds the Home portfolio fails to take action by Oct 14 next it was decided to boycott all news items related to the government. It was also decided to apprise the Press Council of India, IFWJ, Union Minister, Information and Broadcasting about the matter.
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