Journalist unions concerned over ‘anti-NRC’ dossier

first_imgThe Indian Journalists’ Union (IJU) and its affiliate Journalists’ Union of Assam (JUA) have expressed concern over the “propaganda” under the “NRC authority logo to malign journalists from across the country as anti-nationals” for their critical reports on the ongoing National Register of Citizens exercise in Assam.A dossier listing “anti-NRC” journalists and human rights activists has been doing the rounds on social media for about a week now. The office of State NRC Coordinator Prateek Hajela issued a statement saying it has nothing to do with the creation and circulation of the dossier.“The IJU views this as a hate campaign and crass intolerance against opinions and reports by professional journalists,” the union’s president and Press Council of India member Amar Devulapalli said in a statement on Wednesday. ‘Hate campaign’He termed the “hate campaign” as an attack on the right to free speech and expression.JUA president Geetartha Pathak, also the IJU vice-president, said the dossier was a mischievous attempt to intimidate journalists and discourage them from reporting on and analysing the ground reality in Assam.The IJU and JUA also asked the NRC authority to investigate the origin of the dossier since it has been prepared in their names.last_img read more

Not quitting Grand Alliance: Manjhi

first_imgHindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) national president Jitan Ram Manjhi on Sunday asserted that he never said his party would pull out of the five-party Grand Alliance in Bihar. The former Bihar Chief Minister, however, said that a coordination committee should be formed for taking decisions regarding the Grand Alliance and for better coordination among its partners: the RJD, the Congress, the RLSP, the HAM(S) and the Vikassheel Insan Party (VIP). Speaking to reporters after the HAM(S) youth wing meeting convened at his residence here, Mr.Manjhi said, “I never said my party will come out of the Grand Alliance… i will remain in it… though, I firmly spoke about the formation of a coordination committee for taking decisions of the alliance.” Mr. Manjhi had on November 7 announced at the national executive meeting of HAM(S) that his party would go it alone in the upcoming Jharkhand Assembly elections, where it has not contested any poll so far. He also announced that his party will field candidates in all the 243 Assembly segments of Bihar during Vidhan Sabha elections next year, giving rise to speculations that the Dalit leader may quit the Grand Alliance.‘Panel to take decisions’ “I had joined the Grand Alliance on the condition that there will be a coordination committee and every decision of alliance will be taken through the committee alone,” he told reporters on Sunday. When pointed out that RJD heir apparent Tejashwi Prasad Yadav had said that Mr. Manjhi had made up his mind to quit the alliance, the HAM(S) supremo refused to comment on it.last_img read more