Manipur has restricted the usage of ‘press’ stickers, vests and jackets solely to registered media homes and journalists – possessing Id Card or accreditation certificates.
Officers stated the choice was taken to test the “misuse” of press stickers and jackets by “anti-social components” within the violence-hit state.
The state authorities acknowledges the necessity to forestall unauthorized people from getting access to susceptible areas – posing as press officers and resorting to provocative acts, they stated.
The order, copy of which is offered with Ednbox, the state authorities has began that press card or accrediation letters issued by the Directorate of Data & Public Relations (DIPR), Press Bureau of India, All India Radio, Doordarshan (DD Information) and acknowledged Nationwide & Worldwide media companies might be allowed solely.
The All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union (AMWJU) and Editors’ Guild Manipur (EGM) had on Sunday appealed to those that aren’t journalists to right away cease carrying vests that show the ‘press’ brand and placing up ‘press’ stickers on their automobiles.
‘Journalists are going through many challenges and going by way of varied disadvantages whereas making an attempt to discharge their duties and disseminate essential data to the general public amid the prevailing turmoil within the state,” a joint assertion said.