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“I also give a warning…” CM Biren Singh To News Editors

News coming in. The Manipur government has filed an FIR against the president and three members of the Editors Guild of India, accusing the body of ‘trying to instigate more clashes’ in the northeastern state of Manipur. According to news reports, CM N Biren Singh said the fact-finding committee members of the EGI did not meet representatives from both communities, that is from the Meiteis and Kukis, and came to an ‘incorrect conclusion.’ While addressing a press conference, CM Biren Singh warned the members of the Editors Guild. He said, “I also give a warning to the members of the Editors Guild, if you want to do something, then do visit the spot, see the ground reality, meet the representatives of all communities and then publish what you found. Otherwise, meeting some sections only and coming to a conclusion is highly condemnable.” The FIR was filed at the Imphal police station on the complaint of a man who claimed to be a social worker. The complainant listed different parts of the report, which he claimed were false and fabricated. On Saturday, the Editors Guild of India released a report of its ‘Fact-Finding Mission on Media’s Reportage of the Ethnic Violence in Manipur’ which claimed that the media’s reports on the ethnic violence in Manipur were one-sided and accused the state leadership of being partisan. The report reads: During the ethnic violence, journalists of Manipur wrote one-sided reports. In normal circumstances, they would be cross-checked and monitored by their editors or Chiefs of Bureaus from the local administration, police and security forces. However, this was not possible during the conflict. There are clear indications that the leadership of the state became partisan during the conflict. It should have avoided taking sides in the ethnic conflict but it failed to do its duty as a democratic government which should have represented the entire state. According to reports, those booked are the President of the Editors Guild Seema Mustafa, and other three members – Seema Guha, Bharat Bhushan and Sanjay Kapoor. The three members had visited Manipur last month to study media reportage of the ethnic violence. Editors Guild of India is a non-profit organisation of journalists, particularly the editors. It was founded with twin objectives of protecting press freedom and for raising the standards of editorial leadership.

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