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Journalists from all over India demand Kishorchandra’s release

IMPHAL | Dec 27

One month has been completed today since Kishorchandra Wangkhem was arrested by Manipur police. Demanding his immediate release and condemning the charge of NSA slapped against him, several scribes from all over the Country and working in different editorial capacities in reputed media firms have written to CM, N Biren Singh.

Demanding that Kishorchandra be released at the earliest, the 87 prominent journalists have also written to the Union home minister, Rajnath Singh, ministers of State (Home), Hansraj Gangaram Ahir and Kiren Rijiju, Union home secretary, Rajiv Gauba, chief minister, N Biren, chief secretary, Suresh Babu, DGP LM Khaute and forwarded by the president, Foundation for Media Professionals (FMP), Paranjoy Guha Thakurta.

The letter is reproduced, “As journalists from across India, we are deeply disturbed by the decision to subject Manipur journalist, Wangkhem Kishorchandra to one year of preventive detention over videos posted by him on Facebook criticizing you. We find the very invocation by your government of the draconian National Security Act 1980 in this context utterly arbitrary, highhanded and vindictive.” It read further that it is also evident from the fact that Kishorchandra was picked up under NSA on November 27, it was actually a day after he had been released by an Imphal court from an attempt to frame him on the charge of sedition over the same videos.

“Thus, your government resorted to NSA even after the social media posts, however intemperate their language, has been found to be posing no threat to public order, let alone national security. Your disproportionate reactions betray, besides an intolerance to dissent, a disdain for the rule of law and the constitutional balance between free speech and reasonable restrictions. We urge you, therefore, to end this gross abuse of power by dropping all charges against Kishorchandra and withdrawing immediately the action taken against him under NSA,” below were listed the names of the 87 journalists.

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