Tripura Assembly of Journalists meeting with governor Ramesh Kumar Bais at Raj Bhawan on Saturday Credit: EastMojo Image

Agartala: Tripura governor Ramesh Kumar Bais on Saturday said that the relation between the state government and the media should be cordial and it is expected that in a democratic set-up the ruling media should be positive.

The governor said this when a delegation of the Tripura Assembly of Journalist (TAJ) met him at Raj Bhawan to submit a memorandum demanding the withdrawal of the statement made by CM while inaugurating the special economic zone (SEZ) on Friday.

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A six-member delegation of Tripura Assembly of Journalists (TAJ), an apex body of media workers in the state, led by its chairman Subal Kumar Dey submitted a memorandum after completion of three days‘ ultimatum given to the chief minister to withdraw his statement made against a section of media.

“The governor gave a patient hearing to the complaints of the journalists and told the delegation that he would discuss the matter with the chief minister. The governor expressed his shock over the issue and said the relation between the state and media should be positive,“ read a press statement by TAJ.

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.

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The memorandum also cited that since this government came to power in March 2018, at least 17 journalists working in various outlets of media have been physically assaulted. No remedial action in this regard has been taken by the state government.

“Two journalists, Ashok Dasgupta and Parashar Biswas, were beaten up by miscreants at Motai area of Belonia in south Tripura and Ambassa in Dhalai district triggering a panic among all media persons in the state. Police cases were registered in both the incidents but nobody has been arrested so far”, the memorandum said.

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