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Manipur Scribes To Lift Strike, Publish Dailies

IMPHAL, Jan. 2: Manipur journalists on strike since December 29, today resolved to resume work from January 5 and publication of all dailies from January 6.

The journalists in a meeting today decided to boycott news relating to ministers, ruling MLAs and ruling parties ‘” the Congress and the CPI indefinitely in protest against the arrest.

The journalists went on strike by suspending publication and airing of a local news channel since December 29.

The strike was in protest against the arrest of A. Mobi Singh, editor of the vernacular daily, Sanaleibak, on charges of having links with militants.

A team of police commandos arrested A. Mobi Singh in front of his office at Imphal on the morning of December 29 on charges of him being a member of the Kangleipak Communist Party (Tabungba) group.

Police claimed to have recovered an amount of Rs 50,000 from him. Mobi denied the charge as baseless and claimed that he was being framed and the charges were fabricated.

Mobi is the vice-president of the All Manipur Working Journalists Union and also the spokesperson for the journalist body.

The same day he was produced before an Imphal court, which remanded him in police custody till January 5.

The journalists are demanding the release of the editor unconditionally saying the charges were false.

The police also seized two mobile phones and one scooter belonging to the editor.

Senior journalists who spoke during today’s meeting charged that the arrest of Mobi was a vendetta campaign by the police against the Manipur media for their complaint to Union home minister P. Chidambaram during his recent visit to Manipur.

A delegation of senior editors had met the home minister at Imphal Raj Bhavan and complained to him against frequent harassment of media persons by the state police forces.

The delegation also told the home minister about frequent threats and intimidation by sections of the militant groups on media persons.

(Courtesy: Telegraph India)

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