Kohima: Nagaland based newspapers; both English and language dailies have expressed strong resentment over harassment and threats regularly meted out by individuals or organizations against media houses with regard to publication and non-publication of news articles.
In this regard, the editors and publishers of Nagaland Post, Eastern Mirror, Morung
Express, Nagaland Page, Tir Yimyim, Capi and Ao Milen have resolved to take a firm stand against all such attacks to any of the media fraternity.
In a joint statement, the editors and publishers stated that Nagaland newspapers are united and resolute in the stand against all coercions and threats in order to function freely as the fourth pillar of a democratic society.
The statement said that in the process of upholding its responsibility, the media continues to be exposed to ongoing harassment and threats by individuals and organizations that coerce the media to publish their articles and statements. Simultaneously, there are also people who take it upon themselves to determine what the media cannot publish. The Nagaland newspapers, therefore urged all sections of society to enable a free and vibrant fourth estate which is the only means to publicly confront all forms of political, economic and social suppression. Every citizen is responsible to ensure that the media is allowed to function freely, it stated.