In a strongly-worded statement today, the Press Club of India “demanded” that the Supreme Court take suo moto cognizance of recent developments in Tripura.
“The Press Club of India is shocked to note that Tripura government is arm-twisting, beating up and arresting mediapersons along with scores of innocent citizens during the communal violence in the state,” the statement said.
At this point of time when state machinery is blindfolded and deliberately taking no cognizance of unlawful acts of perpetrators, the Press Club of India demands that the Supreme Court take suo moto notice of communal cauldron being ignited in Tripura. pic.twitter.com/L0qOZNn2YP
The statement named journalist , who was along with several journalists and activists under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for posting on social media about the communal violence that took place earlier this month. A total of 102 social media handles had also been . The Hindu reported that eight people have been arrested so far.
The PCI demanded that the “draconian UAPA” be “withdrawn immediately”, stating the law was being used to “intimidate” and “suppress” the press.
On November 8, the had also expressed “shock” at the use of UAPA against journalists and lawyers in this case. They had called the repeated use of UAPA a “disturbing trend” and an “easy tool to suppress freedom of press”.
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