Shri. Nongthombam Biren Singh
Chief Minister, Manipur
Date: 27 December 2018
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.
Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, President, FMP
Sandhya Ravishankar, Tamil Nadu Convenor, FMP
The Foundation for Media Professionals (FMP) strongly denounces the notification issued by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs empowering ten agencies for the “interception, monitoring and decryption of any information generated, transmitted, received or stored in any computer.”
The Foundation for Media Professionals condemns the detention under the National Security Act (NSA) of an Imphal journalist, Kishorechandra Wangkhem, following a post he made on Facebook on November 21 abusing Manipur’s chief minister N.Biren Singh and India’s prime minister Narendra Modi and their political party, the BJP. Wangkhem was subsequently arrested by the state police for sedition, inciting hatred, and defamation, according to a report in Scroll.in. He was released after a court dismissed the sedition charge and granted him bail for the other two charges.