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Tripura scribes maintain sit-in protest after CM Biplab Kumar Deb’s ‘will not forgive’ comment, assault on media – India News , Firstpost

Assembly of Journalists chairman mentioned makes an attempt to suppress the press have been made throughout the state following the CM’s ‘menace’ to media professionals on 11 September

File picture of Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb. News18

Agartala: Journalists from numerous elements of Tripura on Thursday held an illustration in Agartala to protest towards Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb’s alleged menace issued to them final month and “attacks” on scribes.

Media individuals underneath the banner of the Assembly of journalists (AOJ) gathered in entrance of the Rabindra Bhavan and held a sit-in.

“We will continue our movement until he (Deb) withdraws his comment, which is unbecoming of a chief minister,” AOJ Convener Sekhar Datta mentioned.

Deb, whereas laying the inspiration stone for a particular financial zone at Sabroom in South Tripura district on 11 September, had mentioned that some newspapers are attempting to confuse the individuals of the state about its COVID-19 scenario and he’ll “not forgive” them.

“Some newspapers are trying to confuse people. History will not forgive them, people of Tripura will not forgive them and I Biplab Deb will not forgive them. I do whatever I say, history is testimony to that,” Deb had mentioned.

This was construed as a menace to them by journalists who demanded that the chief minister withdraw it. Deb didn’t retract his remark however mentioned he didn’t imply to threaten anybody in his speech.

During the protest, AOJ Chairman Subal Kumar Dey mentioned that two groups of senior scribes lately toured completely different elements of the state and located that skilled rights of journalists within the districts are violated.

“Journalists working in district and sub-divisional towns are working under severe pressure. No government official wants to speak to them due to a gag order issued by the government and mafias are dictating how news reports should be published,” Dey claimed.

The AOJ had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and the Press Council of India,
alleging that no less than six journalists had been assaulted because the Deb’s 11 September assertion, and regardless of complaints being
filed, no progress within the investigation has been present in any of them.

Journalists had additionally met Governor RK Bais, searching for his intervention to finish the alleged intimidation of journalists and held protest by sporting black badges on the Gandhi Jayanti.

Dey alleged that no less than 25 journalists had been attacked within the state because the BJP-IPFT authorities got here to energy in March 2018.

He additionally mentioned their agitation has acquired solidarity from main journalists our bodies equivalent to Editors Guild, European Journalist Union, Bangladesh Sangbadik Sangha, Mukto Prakash, Dhaka, and Indian Newspaper Society.

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