On Thursday, the journalists from various parts of Tripura gathered near the RabindraBhawan in Agartala to protest against the Chief Minister Biplab Deb.
The journalists were protesting under the banner of ‘Assembly of Journalists’ (AOJ). They demanded the Chief Minister to withdraw his previous statement and said that such a statement was not expected from the Chief Minister.
While laying the foundation stone for an economic zone at Sabroom in Tripura, the Chief Minister reportedly said, “Some newspapers are trying to confuse people. History will not forgive them, the people of Tripura will not forgive them and I, Biplab Deb, will not forgive them. I do whatever I say, history is testimony to that,” reported NDTV. The protests were arranged on the backdrop of this statement only.
However, even after the protests, the Chief Minister has maintained that he won’t retract his comment but also clarified that he did not mean to threaten anyone through his statement.
The senior journalist and Chairman of AOJ, Shri Subal Kumar Dey said, “Journalists working in district and sub-divisional towns are working under severe pressure. No government official wants to speak to them due to a gag order issued by the government and the mafia are dictating how news reports should be published”.
The AOJ has already written to the ministers of Central government, including the PM describing about the systematic assault and attacks on journalists in Tripura, since the time BJP came to power in the state. They have asked the centre to interfere in the issue urgently to stop this ongoing harassment against the journalists.