Media asked not to publish statements of militant groups Communique from the police

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To,
The Editor,
Subject:- Norms of Journalistic Conduct.
It has been observed in recent past that print and electronic media are widely publishing and reporting ideologies, diktats and programmes of underground organizations. Such publications are of serious concern as these facilitate and encourage prejudicial activities of extremist organizations.
In this regard, your kind attention is invited to the recommendations of the Press Council of India Report on Punjab and Jammu & Kashmir in January 1991, which terms coercing newspapers to publish such diktats or press notes as “gravest assault on the freedom of the press, which is one of the surest guarantors of democratic and plural society”. It may also be mentioned that such publications compromise the freedom and independence of the media house concerned, and also violate the standards of journalistic ethics and professional responsibilities.
In view of the above, you are requested to kindly exercise due caution and always adhere to the norms of journalistic conduct issued by the Press Council of India in letter and in spirit.

Dated/Imphal
PRO
Manipur Police Department

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