Imphal: The Bharatiya Janata Party government led by Chief Minister N Biren Singh in Manipur state of India has filed a case against the president and three members of the Editors Guild of India (EGI) on their facts-based report on violence in the state.
In a report published last week, the EGI had criticized the Indian media outlets for reporting only the government version of events in the violence-hit Manipur and slammed the Internet ban as being detrimental to press reporting and claimed there were indications that the state leadership had turned partisan during the conflict period.
Besides EGI president Seema Mustafa, those who were booked are three senior journalists — Seema Guha, Bharat Bhushan and Sanjay Kapoor — who visited the state between August 7 and 10 to study media reportage on the violence.
Meanwhile, the Press Club of India joined a number of bodies in condemning the filing of the case against the EGI.
Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh addressing a press conference in Imphal said at a time when many persons had been killed and left homeless, the EGI published a “totally one-sided” report without understanding the complexity of the crisis in Manipur.