AMWJU continues stir in Manipur

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Imphal, Nov 20: On Thursday, Nov 20 no newspapers were published in Manipur following a stir launched by the journalists of the state to protest the killing of a scribe.

The broadcast of news channels by local cable television was also stopped for the second day.

The journalists, under the aegis of All Manipur Working Journalists Union (AMWJU), continued their sit-in protest at Keishampat, Imphal, to protest the killing of Konsam Rishikanta (23), a junior Sub-Editor of an English daily, by unknown people on November 17.

No arrests have been made so far in this connection, police said.

No underground organisation has also come forward to claim responsibility for the killing of the youth.

The AMWJU informed Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh, the Press Council of India and All India Federation of Working Journalists about the matter and frequent harassment of journalists in the state.

The Chief Minister assured that the culprits will be arrested.

He also assured compensation and employment for the next of kin of the deceased.

The AMWJU demanded a judicial inquiry to find out the culprits responsible for the killing.

The AMWJU also demanded that the government should award compensation to the bereaved family as per the Centre's scheme for victims of terrorist violence and take necessary measures for the protection of working journalists in the state.

The AMWJU said it will continue the stir until the perpetrators were identified and proper action taken up by the government in the interest of the journalists.

UNI

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