The Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists (APWUJ) and the Arunachal Press Club (APC) has sought an explanation from Chief Minister Nabam Tuki about his statement on the recent attack on a local newspaper.
Tuki had recently commented that "if the local media do not cooperate with government of Arunachal and boycott its news from April 24, it would be reciprocal".
The members of APWUJ and APC, who had an emergency meeting yesterday, wondered whether the CM is threatening to stop government advertisements to those media houses which boycott government news from tomorrow.
They recalled that Tuki had once promised to work for the growth of the media when he took over the reins of the state.
The CM, while addressing the media here three days ago, had said that "Arunachal Times staff, instead of remaining mute spectators, could have got hold of one of the miscreants who attacked the office of the daily".
APC and APWUJ stated that such kind of a statement from the chief minister is very "distressing to hear".
The organisations said, "During the time of attack only four office members were present inside the office. Around eight masked youths had entered the office premises and dozens more were waiting outside. Most probably, some of the youths might have been armed. In such a situation how can CM expect the staff to catch hold of the attackers?".
"There is no point in dwelling what Arunachal Times staff could have done at the time of attack. Instead, Tuki should be advising his police force to work towards solving this case at the earliest," they said in a statement.
The journalists' body reiterated their demand for providing security to all media houses.