By- Correspondent | Date- April 18, 2012
National Federation of Newspaper Employees (NFNE) has condemned the attack on Arunachal Times office at Itanagar and urged the authority to book the culprits immediately. The NFNE also extended its moral support for the decision of Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists and Arunachal Press Club not to entertain any press releases issued by the government from April 24 till the culprits involved in the attack are booked and punished.
“We extend our supports to the media fraternity of Arunachal Pradesh at this hour, but we hope that the issue will be resolved before the State media is compelled to take the path of non-cooperation to government press releases. Because the media performs its duty while publishing any news sourced at the government for the benefit of readers/public and that should not be considered as a favour to them,” said Nava Thakuria, zonal secretary of NFNE.
Mentionable is that a group of youths suddenly arrived at the campus of Arunachal Times on April 15 and vandalized the office of the oldest daily newspaper of the State. As the attack took place at night, no employees were physically harmed.
The NFNE appealed to the State Chief Minister Nabam Tuki to take serious note out of the incident and requested him to play a pro-active role in building confidence among the journalists to report without any fear as well.