STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Editors Guild of India condemns arrest of journos

In a statement, the guild said it considered the arrest as a brazen violation of every constitutional safeguard given for freedom of expression.

Published: 19th January 2021 08:57 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th January 2021 08:57 AM   |  A+A-

Handcuffs

For representational purposes

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: The Editors Guild of India (EGI) condemned the recent arrest of a writer and two editors of Manipur website The Frontier Manipur on Monday.

In a statement, the guild said it considered the arrest as a brazen violation of every constitutional safeguard given for freedom of expression.

The guild demanded the immediate release of the editors and withdrawal of the cases citing they posed ‘a threat to free expression and to democracy itself’.

This was not the first time that administration had used the draconian laws of sedition and Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) against editors and journalists, the guild pointed out.

“What’s worrying and shocking is that the Manipur police has arrested the editor in chief Sadokpam Diren, executive editor Paojel Chaoba and the writer of the reportedly offending article M Joy Luwang under this draconian anti-terror laws for their analysis of the politics of Manipur state,” said the guild.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp