Slapping NSA to Kishorchandra is a blatant misuse of NSA by authorities: IJUIMPHAL | Dec 3
Indian Journalists’ Union (IJU) claimed that detention of former staff of ISTV, Kishorchandra Wangkhem under National Security Act (NSA) totally violated the freedom of expression guaranteed under the Indian Constitution while also adding that it was a blatant misuse of NSA by the authorities.
The union demanded the state government to immediately revoke the detention order under NSA and ensure the unconditional release of Kishorchandra as his liberty would not in any way be detrimental to the security of the state and to the maintenance of public order.
According to a release signed by secretary of IJU, N. Narender Reddy, it said that the union strongly condemned the state government for grossly misusing the draconian National Security Act to silence criticism. IJU will not tolerate the act of state authorities of setting a wrong precedent and sending a terse message across all that dissent, it added.
In a statement, IJU president, Amar Devulapalli and Press Council of India (PCI) member, Amar Devulapalli and its secretary general, Sabina Inderjit had asserted that the detention of Kishorchandra must be seen as an attack on the freedom of expression and most undemocratic.
The detention is more objectionable as he was set free by the chief judicial magistrate a few days earlier quashing charge of sedition slapped on him by stating that the accused person transgressed beyond decent human conduct but it cannot be termed seditious, added in their statement.
“Though IJU do not approve the vulgar and indecent terms used by Kishorchandra against the highest functionaries of the central and state governments, we want to point out that the freedom expression includes the right to offend,” said the release by IJU.
The union has advised all the journalists not to use indecent and vulgar language in their comments and social media postings as harshest criticism couched in polite words is always more effective.
Contrary to the statement of IJU, president of All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union (AMWJU), Brozendra Ningomba has claimed that the union will not support Kishorchandra has he acted in ‘utter disregard’ of AMWJU’s resolutions adopted at its Standing Committee meeting held in August last.
He pointed out that as per the resolution, any person working in the media houses of Manipur as journalist or non-journalist must face on his or her own consequences of posting or uploading derogatory, defamatory, illegal, unconstitutional comments or video on social media that is not connected with the profession of journalism in whatsoever manner, and that AMWJU will not be responsible for it at all.
“His detention under NSA after granting him bail by the chief judicial magistrate, Imphal West does not in any manner change the stand of AMWJU,” Brozendra affirmed.
Kishochandra was arrested on November 20 for posting a video recording abusing the stance of chief minister, N. Biren regarding a function organised in regard to Rani of Jhansi being linked with the freedom movement of Manipur. But the chief judicial magistrate released him on November 26 stating that, “The words, terms and gesture used by the accused in the video cannot be termed as seditious. It is mere expression of opinion against the public conduct of public figure in a street language.”
The next day he was picked up from his residence by police and detained him under NSA.
Many civil bodies, student bodies and stakeholders of the state and outside states condemned the slapping of NSA to an innocent person and termed the act as ‘a total violation of human rights and misuse of power by authorities.’
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