Tripura Assembly of Journalist holds a meeting at Agartala Press club on Sunday Credit: EastMojo Image

Tripura Assembly of Journalists, a joint forum of media persons, condemned the Tripura chief ministers attack on the media.

Biplab Kumar Deb received flak after he threatened what he termed, ‘some of the overexcited’ newspapers for allegedly creating confusion over the COVID-19 situation in the state. Deb was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the special economic zone (SEZ) at Sabroom on Friday when he said that some newspapers were trying to confuse people of Tripura and said he would not ‘forgive them’.

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Journalists from various media houses came together to form, Tripura Assembly of Journalists, a joint body for asserting media rights, and condemned the CM’s ‘threat on media’.

In a press statement, chairman of the forum, Subal Kumar Dey, said, “We condemn these anti-democratic and unconstitutional comments from the chief minister. We hope that he will withdraw his comments within three days”.

He also said that the journalists are facing threats and assaults in different parts of the state since Deb’s comment and two journalists were also physically assaulted in the last 24 hours in the state.

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“We are anxious because of these incidents. Therefore, we have decided to seek recourse against chief minister’s threats and intolerance from Tripura Governor Ramesh Bais and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, the Press Council of India, International Federation of Journalists, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, Editors Guild”, Dey added.

Two journalists were physically assaulted on Sunday in Ambassa, Dhalai district and Sabroom in South Tripura district within 24 hours after the chief minister made the statement to not ‘forgive the media’.

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A group of locals assaulted Ashok Dasgupta who was reporting on water supply disruption, in Matai village in Sabroom sub-division. A group of miscreants tried to snatch his camera and threatened him with dire consequences.

Another journalist, Parashar Biswas, who was critical of the chief minister’s statement in a Facebook live session, was also attacked. Hours after the video made, he was assaulyed by a group of miscreants at his residence following which he was rushed to hospital. However, later he had filed an FIR at Ambassa police station against seven unnamed persons. The Tripura police has started an investigation in the matter.

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