Booked for sedition, two Manipur journalists released after admitting article published due to 'oversight'

The police had also booked executive editor Paojel Chaoba and editor-in-chief Dhiren Sadokpam of The Frontier Manipur online news portal under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act

Press Trust of India January 18, 2021 21:26:15 IST
Booked for sedition, two Manipur journalists released after admitting article published due to 'oversight'

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Imphal: A day after detaining two journalists for sedition following the publication of an article "endorsing revolutionary ideologies" on their news portal, the Manipur Police on Monday released them as they admitted that it was published due to oversight, an officer said.

The police had also booked Executive Editor Paojel Chaoba and Editor-in-chief Dhiren Sadokpam of The Frontier Manipur online news portal under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).

The move followed the publication of an article, "Revolutionary journey in a mess" by M Joy Luwang, on the website on 8 January. It criticised the "revolutionary groups" of Manipur for moving away from their cause.

"They were detained on Sunday evening as part of the investigation process," Imphal West Superintendent of Police PK Meghachandra told PTI.

The police released them on Monday afternoon after they admitted in writing that the source was "unverified" and the article was published due to oversight and such mistakes will not recur, he said.

The police had registered an FIR suo motu saying that the article "openly endorsed revolutionary ideologies and activities and expressed shock at the deteriorating character of armed revolutionaries of Manipur in the last decade".

In a letter to the police, Chaoba said, "I submit that it was an oversight from our part. There will be no such mistakes which will not pass on scrutiny in future." He also said that "the source was unverified but came from one person called M Joy Luwang."

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