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Journalists in Tripura Say They Feel Unsafe after CM Biplab Deb’s ‘Threats’ to ‘Over-excited’ Newspapers

Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb
Friday laid the muse stone for Tripura’s Special Economic Zone (SEZ) at Sabroom. (Image: Twitter)

The Chief Minister’s Office, has, nonetheless, denied the allegations that Deb had threatened journalists.

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  • Last Updated: September 13, 2020, 11:33 PM IST

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After Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb was heard saying that he wouldn’t forgive “over-excited” newspapers for creating “confusion” in regards to the Covid-19 scenario, journalists within the state have stated that they concern the threats issued by him and gave the BJP chief “three days” to take again his comment.

According to a report in The Indian Express, the CM was recorded making the assertion at Sabroom, the place he had gone to put the muse of Tripura’s first Special Economic Zone.






“Some newspapers are trying to confuse people, getting over-excited. History will not forgive them, people of Tripura won’t forgive them and I, Biplab Deb, shall not forgive them. I do whatever I say, history is testimony to that,” he’s heard saying within the video clip that has been doing the rounds on social media.

A member of the Forum for Protection of Media and Journalists in Tripura was quoted as saying, “The ruling party and the government are issuing regular threats to media organisations through press conferences. The CM’s threat to media organisations at a public gathering has shoved us into fear. We weren’t this afraid even during the Emergency.”

“We condemn the undemocratic and unconstitutional comments from the chief minister. We hope he will withdraw his remark within the next three days,” Chairperson Subal Kumar Dey stated.

Dey additionally claimed that journalists are going through threats and being assaulted in several elements of Tripura following Deb’s assertion.

“Two journalists have been assaulted in the last 24 hours. We are deeply anxious and have decided to approach Governor R K Bais, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, the Editors Guild of India…,” he stated.

Dey, who can also be the president of Agartala Press Club, alleged that the ruling BJP is issuing common threats to media organisations.

“The state is trying to enslave media persons. State government orders are issued to choke journalists’ voices,” he stated.

Meanwhile, police stated a scribe related to an area day by day was attacked by a bunch of individuals after midnight.

The journalist had criticised Deb in a social media publish for his feedback.

The Chief Minister’s Office, has, nonetheless, denied the allegations that Deb had threatened journalists.

The CM’s media advisor was additionally quoted as saying that the Tripura authorities is dedicated to press freedom and media rights. The advisor, nonetheless, accused some native newspapers of working with some agenda.

(With PTI inputs)


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