Shillong: The Shillong Times management has drawn flak after its decision to terminate three senior journalists and has now compelled 12 staff to cease work and are now on Day 3 of their protest beginning their protest on September 9.
The three senior journalists terminated were—EM Jose (News Editor), Nabamita Mitra (Features Editor) and Dipankar Roy (Executive Editor)—
In a statement issued by the staff, it stated that they condemn the management’s decision, which they feel is unethical and unjust. As colleagues, they strongly object to such unwarranted ill-treatment meted out to the three senior members of the staff who have all along put in their best efforts in the interest of the newspaper.
Reiterating that their demand is to reinstate their colleagues at the earliest, the statement reads, “We want to make it very clear that the protest is against the termination of services of our three extremely dedicated and sincere colleagues and we have no intention to harm the reputation of the organisation which is in its 75th year.”
The staff added that due to the no response from the management’s end even after three days of submitting the letter that it has compelled them to release the statement.
The 12 staff further clarified that none of them have resigned and have resolved not to work until the matter is settled.
It continues to read, “On the other hand, though, we have reasons to believe that the management is trying to hire staff at a time when the company is said to be in dire financial state because of Covid-19 related reasons which have forced it to resort to hefty pay cuts for the past four months.
We want our voices to be heard. The injustice meted out to our colleagues needs to be rectified and undone.”
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