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Deceased Manipur journalist to be honoured in United States

Correspondent IMPHAL, Apr 16
Published on 16 Apr. 2013 11:05 PM IST
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Acknowledging his contribution in the field of journalism, a US based Newseum, Washington DC would be honouring journalist from Manipur, who was killed while on covering an event in Manipur last year.

Thangjam Dwijamani, a journalist of a private TV network and a stringer of Doordarshan Kendra Imphal was killed in police firing at Thangmeiband in Imphal, while he was covering a violent protest during an indefinite bandh in Manipur against the alleged assault and molestation of a Manipuri female film actor by a top leader of NSCN(IM) on December 24 last year.

The organization has invited family members of the deceased journalist to join a ceremony to be organised by the organisation based at 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001, United States on May 3 at 10 am. Late Dwijamani  would be among reporters and editors, who would be honoured by the organisation.

The family receipt the invitation from the organization Tuesday, family source said. However, the family was yet to decide.

The Newseum has been honouring those reporters and editors who died while reporting news in previous year.

The Newseum is an interactive museum of news and journalism located at 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC. Its mission is “to help the public and the news media understand one another better” and to “raise public awareness of the important role of a free press in a democratic society”.

Dwijamani, a resident of Thangmeiband Sinam Leikai, Imphal West received bullet wounds on his chest when police opened fire to disperse bandh supporters, who torched the vehicle of the officer-in-charge of Lamphel police station on December 24 , 2012.

Dwijamani succumbed to his injuries at the Regional Institute of Medical Science and Hospital in Imphal, the next day. He was survived by his wife and two children.

Nearly four months has past since the death of the scribe, however, Manipur government was to yet to translate the assurances given to the bereaved family of the scribe except placing the police personnel involved in the firing incident under suspension.

A high power committee chaired by state principal secretary (home) with additional DGP (law and order) LM Khoute and AMWJU (All Manipur Working Journalist Union) president A Mobi as members was constituted to enquire into the incident leading to the death of Dwijamani.

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