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Newspapers fail to hit stands in Manipur

india Updated: Feb 14, 2009 15:07 IST

Newspapers in Manipur failed to hit the stands on after they allegedly refused to publish names of certain persons close to the government as wanted by a Manipur-based militant organisation.

Sources in the media houses said that the militant outfit demanded that the newspapers publish a list of persons who would be 'punished' by it for alleged failure of the state government to instruct police and security personnel to 'stop killing of innocent persons in the name of fighting militants', which they refused.

While newspapers were prepared to publish the list, the sources claimed, the newspapers were threatened by government authorities to cancel the permit issued to them by the Registrar Newspapers of India (RNI).

The All Manipur Working Journalists' Union (AMWJU), the highest body of media persons in the state, has convened an emergency meeting this afternoon to discuss the issue, AMWJU sources said.