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Growing Threat To Media In Tripura: Scribes Staged Sit-In- Demonstration At Agartala

Annoyed over the inaction of police in registering a complaint and taking necessary action over the assault of scribes in state, moreover growing threat to media after CM Biplab Deb’s ‘won’t forgive’ remark, the members of the Assembly of Journalists (AoJ), a journalist forum for protection of media rights, staged sit-in protest in front of Rabindra Satabarshikhi Bhawan on Thursday. Journalists staged sit in protest on two demands including immediate withdrawal of chief minister’s statement and rollback the written and unwritten orders from the government have gagged officials against speaking to media persons, and second is journalists asked chief minister to withdraw his statement, but did not receive any positive response from his office. Since September 13, they have been protesting against the statement of the chief minister. Journalists also met with the governor to resolve the matter and later wrote a letter to the Prime Minister, Union Home Minister and Press Council of India in this regard. Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the special economic zone (SEZ) at Sabroom, CM Biplab Deb said that some media organizations are trying to confuse people of Tripura and said he would not ‘forgive them’. “Some section of media are trying to create confusion among the people, getting over-excited. History will not forgive them, people of Tripura, will not forgive them and I, Biplab Kumar Deb, shall not forgive them. I do whatever I say, history is testimony to that,” Deb said. During the past 31 months since March 2018 the media personnel in Tripura have become an endangered community because of frequent attacks on them by political and mafia elements whenever any news item published, despite authenticity appears to them to be prejudicial to their interests. Altogether 24 journalists have so far been assaulted and injured either by unruly activists of the ruling party or mafia elements enjoying patronage of the ruling party.

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