Imphal, Dec 24,
The Socialists Students Union of Manipur (SSUM) has demanded the resignation of All Manipur Working Journalists Union (AMWJU) President Brozendra Ningomba on moral grounds. The student body held a protest at Higher Secondary Madrassa, Lillong demanding the resignation of Brozendra on moral grounds.
The body said that it condemns the letter written by Brozendra to the Indian Journalists Union (IJU). It said that the duty of AMWJU President is to uphold the rights of journalists, but his action has shown the scribe body in a poor light to the public of the State. Under his leadership, the masses have lost faith in the scribe’s body.
The media cannot be controlled by an individual or by a group, it should be sacrosanct and remain democratic. The present stance taken by him leads to muffling the voice of the media and true democracy is at stake. He should not remain a president but should resign on moral grounds.
It is a sad part in the history of the State that a protest is being held to demand the ouster of an AMWJU president and SSUM on behalf of the public urges Brozendra to resign from his presidency. It is high time that the public and concerned organisations demand for the rights of a journalist to be upholded. If not, then the media of the state will wither down and democracy will have no meaning. Rather, it will be left to the whims of individuals who takes media houses representatives for foreign trips. The student body urged that the government should not threaten the officials of Manipur Students Association Delhi (MSAD).The government should know how to utilise the social media, an unwanted comment can be hidden or deleted, or simply ignored. One cannot save the state or govern it through social media. The government should have a responsible political will and maturity and not try to stifle the voice of the public, a release by SSUM said.