IMPHAL, Sept 14: The South Asia Free Media Association (SAFMA) is deeply concerned about the threats to the media from certain groups in Manipur including the August 10 grenade attack at the house of A Mobi Singh President of All Manipur Working Journalists Union (AMWJU).
Officials of the Media Association (SAFMA) were personally briefed by Resident Editor of Imphal Free Press and member of South Asia Media Commission (SAMC) Irengbam Arun on the ground situation in Manipur on September 12 at New Delhi at the India International Centre,
The meet was attended among others by President of SAFMA, India KK Katyal, General Secretary Harihar Swarup, Vijay Naik, PL Uniyal and Seema Mustafa.
Earlier, South Asia Media Commission, India, had expressed grave concern about attacks on journalists in Manipur.
It had said, SAMC takes serious note of the alarming situation in Manipur. Journalists are working under threats from armed groups. Seven journalists were shot dead and several have escaped assassination attempts.
The journalists are coming under increasing pressures from the militant groups finding it difficult to function as independent professionals.
The security provided by the state government to the media houses cannot be seen as a permanent solution and remedial measures should be taken immediately to ensure freedom of the press.