APCU seeks action against murderers of jourlists
BY OUR STAFF REPORTER
GUWAHATI, Nov 16: The Assam Press Correspondents’ Union (APCU) on Thursday demanded actions against the culprits involved in the killing of 32 jourlists of the State since 1991.
At least 32 jourlists in the State have been killed by miscreants since 1991 but till date, no one has been convicted of killing these jourlists.
Speaking at a programme organized on the occasion of tiol Press Day at Guwahati Press Club here, the APCU office bearers— APCU president Monoj Singh, working president Mousamjyoti Baishya and secretary Hemanta Saikia demanded to the State government to identify the assassins of the jourlists and awarded exemplary punishment to them.
Along with the rest of the country, the APCU celebrated the tiol Press day here with day-long programmes. There senior jourlists—Utpal Baruah, Editor Dainik Jambhumi, Dhaniram Kalita, photo jourlist of Asomiya Pratidin and Jadavsen Deka, a veteran jourlist from Belsor, lbari—were felicitated at the event.
A souvenir titled ‘Abirat Yatra’ published on the occasion was release at the open session of the event by Sanjib Kr Phukan, associate editor of Asomiya Pratidin. Another book—Jiban Jeuti edited by veteran jourlist late Radhika Mohan Bhagawati on the life of jourlist Samin Kalita, was released by editor of Dainik Agradoot Kaksen Deka.
Speaking on the occasion, jourlist Deka said that the jourlists at the present juncture of the state, has a huge responsibility.
“The jourlists must draw the attention of various problems of our State by extensively writing about them,” Deka said.
Jourlist Utpal Baruah said that the jourlists must pen down at the interest of Assamese tiolity. Sanjib Kr Phukan in his speech said that the local scribes have massive contribution in the growth and development of newspapers in Assam.
ba Thakuria, secretary of Guwahati Press Club, Prakash Mahanta, secretary , Jourlist Action Committee and Bhabesh Baruah, adviser, APCU in their speech laid stress on strengthening the Press Council of India (PCI).
They also called upon to reconstitute the PCI covering electronic and new media besides print media in a democratic manner.
Meanwhile, the All Assam Media Employees Federation on Thursday sent a memorandum to the Prime Minister through Assam Governor demanding introduction of a special protection law to safeguard the jourlists and other media employees of the region.