Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh has accused the Editors’ Guild of India (EGI) of exacerbating tensions in the state and has revealed that his government has filed a First Information Report (FIR) against members of the guild.
Addressing the media, Chief Minister Biren Singh stated, “The State government has filed an FIR against the members of the Editors Guild who are trying to create more clashes in the state of Manipur.”
#WATCH | The State government has filed an FIR against the members of the Editors Guild who are trying to create more clashes in the state of Manipur, says CM N Biren Singh. pic.twitter.com/gm2RssgoHL
— ANI (@ANI) September 4, 2023
He also issued a warning to EGI members, saying, “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, lodged at the Imphal police station, names EGI members, including the guild’s president, Seema Guha, as well as Sanjay Kapoor and Bharat Bhushan. It alleges that the EGI’s report titled ‘Report of the fact-finding mission on Media’s reportage of the ethnic Violence in Manipur,’ published on September 2, is “false, fabricated, and sponsored.”
The state of Manipur had grappled with ethnic violence, resulting in over 160 deaths and hundreds of injuries. The initial outbreak of violence occurred on May 3 during a ‘Tribal Solidarity March’ organised in the hill districts to protest against the Meitei community’s demand for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status.