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Petition for release of Wangkhem Kishorechandra

Wangkhem Kishorechandra

 

To,

 

Shri. Nongthombam Biren Singh
Chief Minister, Manipur
Imphal



Date: 27 December 2018

 

Respected Sir,

 

SUB: Release of journalist Wangkhem Kishorechandra who has been detained under NSA

 

Please find enclosed an urgent letter addressed to you by 87 journalists from across the country.

 

Thanking you.

 

Sincerely,


Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, President, FMP
Sandhya Ravishankar, Tamil Nadu Convenor, FMP

 

Copies to:
Shri. Rajnath Singh, Union Minister of Home Affairs
Shri. Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, Minister of State, Home Affairs
Shri. Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State, Home Affairs
Shri. Rajiv Gauba, Union Home Secretary
Shri. LM Khaute, Director General of Police, Manipur
Shri. J Suresh Babu, Chief Secretary, Manipur

 

To,

 

Shri. Nongthombam Biren Singh
Chief Minister, Manipur
Imphal

 

Date: 27 December 2018

 

Respected Sir,

 

SUB: Release of journalist Wangkhem Kishorechandra who has been detained under NSA

 

As journalists from across India, we are deeply disturbed by the decision to subject Manipur journalist Wangkhem Kishorechandra to one year of preventive detention over videos posted by him on Facebook criticising you. We find the very invocation by your government of the draconian National Security Act 1980 in this context utterly arbitrary, highhanded and vindictive.

 

This is also evident from the fact that when Kishorechandra was picked up under NSA on November 27, it was actually a day after he had been released by an Imphal court from an attempt to frame him on the charge of sedition over the same videos.

 

Thus, your government resorted to NSA even after the social media posts, however intemperate their language, had been found to be posing no threat to public order, let alone national security.
Your disproportionate reactions betray, besides an intolerance to dissent, a disdain for the rule of law and the constitutional balance between free speech and reasonable restrictions.

 

We urge you, therefore, to end this gross abuse of power by dropping all charges against Kishorechandra and withdrawing immediately the action taken against him under NSA.

 

Thanking you.

 

Sincerely,

 

We the undersigned

 

1. Sandhya Ravishankar
2. Ushinor Majumdar
3. Samrat Choudhury
4. Paranjoy Guha Thakurta
5. Aniruddha Bahal
6. Manoj Mitta
7. S. Srinivasan
8. Vipul Mudgal
9. Raksha Kumar
10. Raymond Kharmujai
11. Shobhan Singh
12. Raman Kirpal
13. Satyen K. Bordoloi
14. Josy Joseph
15. Gurbir Singh
16. Praveen Donthi
17. Sharad Vyas
18. Saba Naqvi
19. Anurag Tripathi
20. Kunal Majumder
21. Nihar Gokhale
22. Revati Laul
23. Pratik Sinha
24. Sukhwant Basra
25. Manisha Pande
26. Haidar Naqvi
27. Snehesh Alex Philip
28. Anirban Roy
29. Meetu Jain
30. Mahtab Alam
31. Krishna Prasad
32. Neeta Kolhatkar
33. Jaideep Hardikar
34. Samar Halarnkar
35. N. Ram
36. Chitrangada Choudhury
37. Divya Trivedi
38. Anand Kumar
39. Peer Mohammed
40. Centre of Media Professionals for Change, Tamil Nadu
41. B Srikumar
42. Geeta Seshu
43. Shamik Bag
44. Jairaj Singh
45. Sharda Ugra
46. Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty
47. Dushyant Arora
48. Samrat Chakrabarti
49. Arunabh Saikia
50. Ranjib Majumdar
51. Salil Tripathi
52. Shone Satheesh
53. Amrita Madhukalya
54. Makepeace Sitlhou
55. Lesley Esteves
56. Rahul Pandita
57. Madhur Singh
58. Alka Dhupkar
59. Laxmi Murthy
60. Saurav Datta
61. Kishalay Bhattacharjee
62. Sohini Chatterjee
63. Rana Ayyub
64. Debabrata Mohanty
65. Anupam Bordoloi
66. Aruna Chandrasekhar
67. Chitra Ahanthem
68. Mohit M Rao
69. Rishika Pardikar
70. Nikhil Varma
71. Rejimon Kuttappan
72. Kavita Kishore
73. Indulekha Aravind
74. Jyoti Punwani
75. Rupa Chinai
76. Rina Mukherji
77. Latha Jishnu
78. Parth MN
79. Naren Karunakaran
80. Anuradha Raman
81. Atul Chaurasia
82. Anosh Malekar
83. Freny Manecksha
84. Aditya Sinha
85. Nitin Sethi
86. Anuradha Sharma
87. Sanjay Kapoor