Journalists wear black badges protesting against CM's remark on media in Agartala

Agartala: The Assembly of Journalists (AOJ) on Tuesday wrote a letter to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union home minister Amit Shah and the Press Council of India (PCI) seeking their intervention over the situation arise following the Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb’s threat to the media where he said that he would not forgive a section of media for misleading people on COVID-19 situation.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the special economic zone (SEZ) at Sabroom, Deb said that he said that some newspapers are trying to confuse people of Tripura and said he would not ‘forgive them’.

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“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 Assembly of Journalist (AOJ) was formed in protest against the threat to the media and later served a 3-day ultimatum to the chief minister to withdraw his statement. However, four days later, Deb said he did not threaten or intent to hurt anyone.

The journos body later wrote a letter to the Tripura governor Ramesh Kumar Bais apprising him the matter and seeking his intervention, however, on not getting any response from the governors end, the scribes held a protest by wearing black badges in front of Agartala Press Club on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti.

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Now, almost a month after waiting for the chief minister to resolve the issue, the scribes body has sought the intervention of the Prime Minister’s Office apprising him that more than six journalists have been assaulted since the chief minister’s made the statement.

“The media in the state has been through very dark phases of poor governance wherein the media was targeted as an enemy of the state. However, even during the Emergency in the ’70s, the media didn’t face such a demoralizing situation.

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…the attacks on journalists and creation of undue pressure on the media are completely undemocratic,” TAJ convener Sekhar Dutta and chairman Subal Kumar Dey wrote in a press statement.

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