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Scribes’ protest rally in Mnp
IMPHAL, Jan 4:
Published on 5 Jan. 2011 12:01 AM IST
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Scribes in Manipur Tuesday organized a rally demanding unconditional release of A Mobi, editor of Sanaleibak daily and also vice president cum spokesperson of the All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union (AMWJU). Four representatives of AMWJU also called on Manipur Governor, Gurbachan Jagat and urged him to intervene in the unconditional release of AMWJU’s vice president from police custody and also to ensure a secure environment for media in Manipur.
In the memorandum submitted the scribes said that media persons are being targeted by the state police for its role in exposing the alleged fake encounter at BT road on July 23, 2009, which is under CBI investigation and involved several police officers and the recent memorandum to the union home minister, P Chidambaram urging him to take action on murder of one journalists of Imphal Free Press K Rishikanta and threats on the media from the government as well as underground organisations. AMWJU’s president, Khogendro Khomdram, said that the governor has assured him of taking up the matter with the chief minister O Ibobi Singh. Earlier, the rally started from Manipur press club office at Major Khul to Imphal Raj Bhavan.
Later a meeting was held in which the scribes resolved to resume duty January 5. The meeting also decided to boycott government related news, police achievements, coverage of functions attended by ministers and MLAs of ruling party will continue.
It might be mentioned that no newspapers have hit the stand since December 31 following the arrest of A Mobi by the Imphal West Police Commandos on ‘false” charge of being an activist of KCP (Tabungba) group of on Dec 29. AMWJU has categorically refuted the charges leveled .

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