M’laya editors demands apology from state HM

Correspondent SHILLONG, JAN 8 | Publish Date: 1/8/2020 1:20:05 PM IST

The Meghalaya Editor and Publisher Association (MEPA) has demanded an unconditional apology from  State Home Minister James Sangma for his misbehaviour with a senior journalist.

In its emergency executive committee meeting held on Tuesday, MEPA has resolved to demand an immediate public apology from Sangma for his misbehaviour towards the senior journalist and also to ensure that such incidents do not recur in the future. “Media has the right to ask question from those in power and if the right of the media is throttled, the future of democracy will be in peril,” MEPA General Secretary John Wilson Thabah said.

Thabah said the members of the association discussed the incident in detail and felt that the behaviour of the home minister towards the senior journalist was unbecoming of his stature since the journalist concerned and his colleagues present had wanted to meet the minister and discuss various issues related to the state.  “Since James K Sangma is a minister in charge of various departments and also the fact that he is the official spokesperson of the MDA government, it is the duty of the journalists to meet him to get the version of the government on various issues. But the manner in which the minister conducted himself and even trying to aggressively confront the senior journalist is totally condemnable and unacceptable,” Thabah said.

 On Tuesday, the media fraternity in Meghalaya had also demanded for an unconditional apology from Sangma for his misbehaviour with journalists that took place on Monday.

The scribes, which met on Tuesday at Shillong Press Club, also condemned the minister’s uncalled for behaviour with the press people waiting at his office door for a meeting with him to seek answers to several questions, currently being raised by the public.

In a letter signed by several journalists and submitted to Sangma, the scribes expressed shock at the unwanted behaviour of the home minister in the secretariat on Monday evening. The media persons also submitted a list of 24 questions to the minister and sought his replies on them soon. 

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