Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today took a dig on the former Editor-in-Chief of Newslive, Atanu Bhuyan by saying that being a journalist he should have had the guts to face the chief minister.
The editor had alleged earlier in the day that he had to resign because of the pressure created on him by the chief minister regarding the 9 July molestation incident in Guwahati.
“For the last 11 years, people have been writing against me. Whom did I pressurise? If he is a journalist, he should have the guts to face the chief minister. Why did he resign on apprehension?” Gogoi said.
“If he does not have the guts, he should have been a journalist,” he said.
The chief minister denied that he created any pressure on Riniki Bhuyan Sarma, the chairperson and managing director of the channel and also wife of Assam Health and Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.
“I don’t talk to any management. Why should I talk to them?” he said.
Gogoi said that he was “very angry” with the incident.
“From the very beginning, I was very angry. Filming the stripping episode by the journalist for TRPs was highly unethical,” he said.
The chief minister also had complains against the national media for focussing more on negative stories in the North-East.
“The national media should also focus on positive stories,” Gogoi said.
“The incident was very sad. But there is one positive thing. There is a lot of discussion on what role should be played by the media and whether they are responsible or not,” he said.
“In a civilised society every responsible citizen has a responsibility including the media. They should report wrong-doings and they should also expose the government. But they have to behave as citizens,” the chief minister said.