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Booked for sedition, two Manipur journalists launched after admitting article revealed as a result of ‘oversight’ – India News , Firstpost

The police had additionally booked government editor Paojel Chaoba and editor-in-chief Dhiren Sadokpam of The Frontier Manipur on-line information portal below the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act

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Imphal: A day after detaining two journalists for sedition following the publication of an article “endorsing revolutionary ideologies” on their information portal, the Manipur Police on Monday launched them as they admitted that it was revealed as a result of oversight, an officer mentioned.

The police had additionally booked Executive Editor Paojel Chaoba and Editor-in-chief Dhiren Sadokpam of The Frontier Manipur on-line information portal below the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).

The transfer adopted the publication of an article, “Revolutionary journey in a mess” by M Joy Luwang, on the web site on 8 January. It criticised the “revolutionary groups” of Manipur for transferring away from their trigger.

“They were detained on Sunday evening as part of the investigation process,” Imphal West Superintendent of Police PK Meghachandra advised PTI.

The police launched them on Monday afternoon after they admitted in writing that the supply was “unverified” and the article was revealed as a result of oversight and such errors won’t recur, he mentioned.

The police had registered an FIR suo motu saying that the article “openly endorsed revolutionary ideologies and activities and expressed shock at the deteriorating character of armed revolutionaries of Manipur in the last decade”.

In a letter to the police, Chaoba mentioned, “I submit that it was an oversight from our part. There will be no such mistakes which will not pass on scrutiny in future.” He additionally mentioned that “the source was unverified but came from one person called M Joy Luwang.”

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