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Imphal Times journalist’s life in danger; AMWJU and EGM condemn attack by gunmen

by Rinku Khumukcham
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Imphal Times journalist’s life in danger; AMWJU and EGM condemn attack by gunmen

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Imphal, May 10:

In a brazen attempt to stifle the freedom of expression, approximately ten unidentified individuals donning khaki combat attire and wielding sophisticated weaponry orchestrated a chilling scene. They arrived in a convoy of three four-wheeler vehicles and launched an aggressive assault on the residence of Imphal Times journalist Khumanthem Dhanachandra at approximately 8:45 pm yesterday. Their nefarious intent seemed twofold: either to abduct him or to inflict harm, all stemming from a news article recently published in the Imphal Times newspaper.
Upon their intrusion into Dhanachandra’s home situated in Naoremthong Laishram Leirak, these armed intruders confronted his sisters with menacing inquiries about his whereabouts. Their demeanor exuded intimidation as they relayed their purported mission of meeting him regarding a news piece. Notably, Dhanachandra was absent during this harrowing encounter. Furthermore, these assailants issued ominous threats to his sister, warning of dire repercussions should Dhanachandra fail to comply with a specified rendezvous in Imphal West district before 10 am on May 10, 2024.
Imphal Times posits a disturbing hypothesis that these armed operatives were likely contracted by a government official who obtained his position through irregular means, circumventing established governmental protocols. The newspaper, known for its investigative rigor, had recently published damning exposes shedding light on such illicit practices. This heinous incident stands as a stark testament to the perils faced by journalists who courageously uncover and report on matters of public interest.
Imphal Times remains resolute in its commitment to the pursuit of truth, unwavering in the face of intimidation and threats perpetrated by any entity, be it groups, organizations, or individuals. Our steadfast dedication lies in illuminating truths that serve the public interest, thereby catalyzing positive change and contributing to the advancement of society. Intimidation tactics will not deter us from our mission; rather, they reinforce the critical importance of a free press and the unwavering resolve of those dedicated to upholding journalistic integrity and transparency.
Dhanachandra, accompanied by the representatives of All Manipur Working Journalists Union (AMWJU) and Editors Guild Manipur (EGM) took proactive measures by filing a formal police complaint at the Lamphel Police Station, emphasizing the severity of the situation. In the application, Dhanachandra unequivocally states that the audacious actions of these armed miscreants not only endanger his life directly but also represent a stark challenge to the fundamental principles of media freedom.
Meanwhile, the All Manipur Working Journalists Union (AMWJU) and Editors Guild Manipur (EGM) have vehemently condemned the recent threat directed at Imphal Times reporter Khumanthem Dhanachandra at his residence in Naoremthong Laishram Leikai.
In response to this grave situation, AMWJU and EGM have urged the state government to take prompt action within the next five days. Failure to do so will result in further organized demonstrations in the future, underscoring the urgency of addressing threats against journalists and ensuring their safety.
Today, AMWJU and EGM convened a meeting at the Koubru conference hall of the Manipur Press Club to discuss the incident. During the meeting, participants expressed profound concern about the implications for press freedom and the chilling effect such threats could have on journalism in the region.
AMWJU and EGM emphasized the importance of respecting the journalistic code of conduct. They urged individuals or parties dissatisfied with news coverage to channel their grievances through proper channels by filing complaints with the relevant editor or directly with AMWJU and EGM. Additionally, both organizations strongly discouraged any future incidents of intimidation or violence against journalists, emphasizing the need for a free and safe environment for media professionals to carry out their work.

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