Manipur: AMWJU condemns assault on journalist

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IMPHAL, May 21, 2018: All Manipur Working Journalists' Union (AMWJU) has condemned the assault on a staff of local news channel, N. Sanajaoba who had gone for a coverage of the on-going agitations launched by the JAC against the Unnatural Shifting of Imphal East District Hospital.

A release from AMWJU stated that N. Sanajaoba was hit by a stone from a slingshot which came from one of the agitators. The incident took place around 100 meters from Yumnao Patlou, after N. Sanajaoba had convinced a group of women blocking the road that he was a journalist, it said.

The release further added that the assailant allegedly replied that he did not care if Sanajaoba was a journalist or not, and the group of women also tried to hid the assailant's name at first. Only after suggesting that attacking a journalist is a serious offence, the group of women admitted that the assailant is a person named WaikhomTomnjao, son of W. Samjai of Patlou, it said.

Declaring the act as an affront to journalism, AMWJU, in its release, additionally warned the culprit to issue an apology to the union within a period of two days or else harsh actions will be initiated against him.

TNT News with inputs from Imphal Free Press