Scribes in Manipur resumed work on Saturday after suspending their cease work strike.
The scribes under the aegis of All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union (AMWJU) and Editors’ Guild Manipur (EGM) were on cease work strike since March 4 following threats from two rival groups of a militant group.
AMWJU and EGM announced the resumption of work in a statement issued on Saturday in pursuant of the resolution taken at a public convention held at Manipur Press Club, Imphal on Friday.
With the scribes resuming work, local cable networks started broadcasting news from Saturday afternoon. Evening newspapers also circulated and other newspapers will hit stands from Sunday.
The scribes’ bodies took the decision to suspend the cease work strike in pursuant of the resolution taken at a public convention held at Manipur Press Club, Imphal on Friday, a joint statement of the AMWJU and EGM said. It, however, condemned all forms of attacks and threats, including the yet to be solved issue of hurling bombs at the office of Poknapham and People’s Chronicle by an unidentified person. The joint statement urged the state Home department to expedite closure of the case by arresting the individual responsible for the bomb attack.
The AMWJU and EGM, in the statement, then acknowledged the sentiment of the public leaders who spoke at the convention and thanked them for their support to the media of Manipur at such crucial moments when the media in Manipur was facing hardships.
As per resolution taken, the media organisations called everyone not to give any obstruction to the media.
Speakers of Friday’s meeting recalled that the Manipur media has been shut down on several occasions in the last few weeks following pressures from certain quarters.
AMWJU and EGM office bearers met several times recently and took several resolutions to safeguard the “freedom of speech” and freedom to function unhampered, it added.