AMWJU and EGM condemn DC Kamjong’s actions

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, 3rd May, 2019: The All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union (AMWJU) and the Editors’ Guild, Manipur (EGM) strongly condemn the biasness and arrogant attitude of DC Kamjong, Kengu Juringla towards media persons.

A joint press statement by AMWJU & EGM alleged that DC Kamjong Kengu Juringla banned a team of media persons comprising ISTV News, Impact TV News, News 18, etc from covering the search operation for the remaining two dead bodies in the Chadong waters at Mapithel Dam today.  However, a particular media house’s team was allowed to cover the search operation along with the official search teams by taking a boat in the waters it further alleged.

The statement also said that the DC wrongly blamed media persons for uploading video clips of recovery of the first dead body yesterday on the social media making them go viral. In fact, it’s not the media but those who are part of the search team who had uploaded the video clips on the social media. What’s more shocking is that the DC did not even allow coverage of the search by a Drone camera from air, the statement said.

Such biased and high-handed attitude of the DC, especially on World Press Freedom Day, deserves condemnation in the strongest term by all sections of media and society. The All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union (AMWJU) and the Editors’ Guild, Manipur (EGM) appealed to the Government of Manipur to look into the matter and take appropriate action.

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