The Manipur Legislative Assembly has charged a local journalist, Grace Jajo, with breach of privilege for sharing a link to a news report on Facebook. That report pertained to an explanation submitted to the assembly by a news website, The Frontier Manipur, which was earlier charged with breach of privilege. Jajo had shared the article titled “The Frontier Manipur offers explanation on breach of privilege and contempt of House notice” with the comment “Drama from the assembly”.
The Foundation for Media Professionals (FMP) condemns the detention by Manipur Police of the Editor in Chief, Sadokpam Dhiren, and Executive Editor, Paojel Chaoba, of web portal The Frontier Manipur under extremely stringent provisions of law for publication of an opinion piece titled “Revolutionary Journey in a Mess” authored by M. Joy Luwang. All three have been charged under sections of the Indian Penal Code applicable to sedition and of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act applicable to support for terrorist organisations.