'Words taken out of context', govt on damage control, after Tripura CM threatens media
Agartala: A day after chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb made an statement ‘to see media’ in an oblique reference to ‘some of the over–excited’ newspapers, allegedly creating confusion over the COVID-19 situation, a section of media has expressed concern. This video has gone viral on social media.
Deb was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the special economic zone (SEZ) at Sabroom on Friday when he said that some newspapers are trying to confuse people of Tripura and said he would not ‘forgive them’.
“Some newspapers 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.
The Forum for the protection of media and journalist, a Tripura-based media rights body has called for a meeting at Agartala Press Club on Sunday to deliberate on the matter.
“Any contradiction with the fourth pillar was resolved with dialogue in the past, but now the situation is slowly going out of control in last two years. The state is trying to reduce media to slaves. The chief minister’s office is involved in defaming the image of the journalists on social media. The ruling government has continued giving threats to the media regularly”, Forum for Protection of Media and Journalists chairperson Subal Kumar Dey said.
Meanwhile, reacting to the allegation and raised, the chief minister’s office told EastMojo that the comments were taken out of context and are being used to distort his speech and intention.
“The present government is pro-mass and is working in coordination with the fourth pillar for the overall development of the state. The statement was made since a section of media persons due to their interest are trying to malign the image of the government.
We have arranged for the COVID-19 test of the journalists, granted financial help to the newspaper hawkers, provided newspaper transportation during the lockdown”, the CMO said.