Tripura scribes to wear black badges to protest against CM's comment against media Credit: Representational Image

Agartala: In protest against the failure of the state chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb to withdraw his statement that he made against the media almost three weeks ago, members of the Assembly of Journalist (AOJ) have decided to wear black badges and send separate representation to Prime Minister, Union home minister and union minister of broadcasting on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti on Friday.

Addressing a press conference, Subal Kumar Dey, chairman of AOJ- an apex body of media workers in the state, said that a representation would be sent to the Central authorities to apprise them on the prevailing situation.

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“We will send a representation to the PMO, HMO, Ministry of Broadcasting and other watchdogs of working journalists who have stood by us in solidarity,” Dey said.

He also said that an attempt to thwart the freedom of speech and right of expression is being made against the media.

“We have been requesting the state government to withdraw the order which prevents officials from passing information to the media. Several letters and discussions were held with the chief minister but, so far the government has not withdrawn the order making it difficult for the scribes to report authentic news,” Dey said.

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Speaking further, he said that the chief minister had threatened the media and said that he would not forgive them following at least eight media persons have faced attack across the state.

Senior journalist, Sanit Debroy said that in democracy all four pillars have to work in coordination for the greater interest of the society, adding, “In a health democracy one should support the other pillar or else that will affect the country,” Debroy said,

Managing editor of Dainik Sambad, Paramita Livingstone said that the attack and vendetta against the media has to be stopped and the officials should be allowed to speak and not pressurized by the authorities.

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Earlier, on September 19, a six-member delegation of AOJ, led the chairman Subal Kumar Dey, submitted a memorandum to Tripura governor Ramesh Kumar Bais at the end of 3-day 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,” a press statement informed.

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AOJ has urged all the bodies of the working journalists to wear black badges as a mark of protest on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti on Friday and also informed that a sit-in demonstration would be held in Agartala soon.

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