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PCI directs state govt to act sensibly on threat to media

14 November 2017

IMPHAL | Nov 13

The Press Council of India in a statement has advised the government of Manipur to designate a police officer not less than a rank of SP to receive and act on any complaints of threat or harassment of media person.

The PCI ruling came by its quick response mechanism.

It may be recalled, the PCI had taken up the suo-motu case with regard to a bomb threat on secretary general of Editors Guild Manipur, Yumnam Rupachandra and the media in Manipur in general in the month of December 2015, the statement said.

The suo-motu case was taken up by PCI and inquiry committee set up to pursue the case.

The State government was represented by its advocate Naresh Kumar and had on behalf of the joint secretary (Home) Rehanuddin Choudhary submitted at the inquiry committee hearing.

The secretary general of the EGM also deposed before the inquiry committee from the journalists’ side.

The inquiry committee which held its last hearing on July 13 at New Delhi also recommended the PCI to advise the media fraternity to bring its security concern immediately to the law enforcement agencies, it said.

Further the statement continued that the disposal of the case came following the state government claiming that the police has identified the person behind planting of the bomb and that effort were on to nab the culprit.

State government also placed before the committee that the government has issued advisory for safety of media houses and the journalists on the direction of the PCI, it added.

On the request for the special task force for protection of media persons, the state government submitted that the State police already have good strength of commandos who are like special squad and actively deployed in counter-insurgency operation in Manipur and that they would be in better position to take care of security concerns of the journalists, it maintained.

The release mentioned that State government also submitted that SP’s concerned were carrying out adequate security measures by the way of frequent patrolling around area where the offices of local dailies are located. It also said security personnel were deployed in strategic locations round the clock to prevent any untoward incidents. 

        

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