6 October 1998


New press censorship by government of Manipur

Incident details


(RSF/IFEX) - RSF is protesting the new press censorship decided by the
Manipur government. According to RSF, during the first week of October 1998,
the government of the state of Manipur (northern India) ordered the local
media not to publish or distribute statements by the separatist guerillas.
The government's directive says that any newspaper which violates the order
will be "severely punished under the rule of law." There is apprehension
among local journalists that those who do not respect the censorship could
be imprisoned, although the authorities did not say anything about this as a
possible punishment.

Recommended Action

Send appeals to the Chief Minister:

  • reminding him that this type of directive is in complete contradiction
    with the international treaties signed and ratified by India
  • expressing concern about this censorship
  • asking him to use his influence to have this decision withdrawn and to
    ensure that journalists in Manipur can exercise their profession freely and
    without fear

    Appeals To

    His Excellency W. Nipamacha Singh
    Chief Minister
    State of Manipur
    Fax: +91 385 22 01 36

    Please copy appeals to the source if possible.

  • Source

    Reporters Without Borders
    47, rue Vivienne
    75002 Paris, France
    rsf (@) rsf.org

    Fax:+33 1 45 23 11 51

    IFEX members working in this country 1

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