Media houses in Manipur will resume their work from Friday after five days of cease work strike, even as suspension of publication of newspapers and broadcasting of news by local TV channels entered the fifth day on Thursday.
A ‘joint emergency general body meeting’ of All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union (AMWJU) and Editors’ Guild Manipur (EGM) held at Manipur Press Club on Thursday resolved to suspend the cease work strike and resume normal work from Friday.
Media fraternity in the state was on cease work strike in protest against the February 13 grenade attack at the office of the Poknapham daily which also housed the office of its sister publication, People Chronicles.
Thursday’s general body meeting of the journalists resolved to suspend the cease work strike even though no positive response came forth despite the 48-hour deadline set by the media houses to book the perpetrator(s) behind the bomb attack to the state Home department.
The deadline expired on Wednesday and the police were yet to nab the perpetrator(s) except forming a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the incident and declaration of wanted tag to the suspect with a cash reward of Rs 50,000.
There was no response from the perpetrator(s) also even though the scribes set the same deadline to them to clarify the reason(s) behind the bomb attack.
The failure to clarify indicated that Poknapham and its sister publication People Chronicle as well as media fraternity had done nothing wrong in their line of duty. As such, they will resume work from Friday, the meeting resolved.