Scribes resolve to boycott news of Union minister`s visit

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IMPHAL May 10: The apex scribe body of the state, the All Manipur Working Journalist’s Union (AMWJU) has decided to boycott all news relating to the two day state visit of Union Home Minister P Chidambaram.The resolve was taken this evening at Manipur Press Club, Majorkhul in an emergency meeting presided by AMWJU president, editors and senior correspondents.A press release by AMWJU general secretary stated that the journalist awaited the arrival of Chidambaram at Tulihal Airport today afternoon. The media persons wanted a vantage point to take photographs and for news coverage, which was denied by the police personnel at first, as the SDPO stationed at the airport was approached by the media for requesting permission from the concerned police superintendent, the SDPO told that he was acting under orders from the SP himself and repeatedly asked the media to leave the vantage point. Obliging the police personnel, the journalist also left and tried to cover the news from another spot, which proved impossible. Following the circumstances, the reporters left the airport.The conduct of the officials of the home department was discussed at length at the scribes meeting today and further decried the high handedness of the police personnel.It was resolved that such unbecoming conduct of the personnel of the home department clearly indicates that there is no need for the media to cover the news of Chidambaram’s visit.The scribes also condemned that such an important visit of Chidambaram, obviously related with the law and order situation was denied news coverage, and the meet resolved not to carry the news about the home minister’s visit.

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